The Uruguayan newpaper La Diaria has published an article about recent research done by the Molecular Modelling and Bioinformatics Lab at IRB Barcelona. This team has achieved the first stable simulations of DNA crystals, thus allowing the study of the role of each molecular component in the stability and conformation of said crystals. The article includes quotes by Pablo Dans, a postdoctoral researcher at the centre, about the study: "What we want is to see how 3D DNA folding occurs and understand how it correlates with the activity of a specific gene. This kind of work has a great plus in that you can see the DNA structure inside the nucleus, and you can manipulate it in three dimensions and even in 4D (adding time) using certain visualization programs."
Link to La Diaria
About IRB Barcelona
Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, a seal that was awarded in 2011. The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 28 laboratories and eight core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 employees and more than 30 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona is a CERCA center, and a member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).