Research into a small group of passive stem cells (quiescent), which are activated when needed and have the capacity to produce any kind of intestinal cell, has received a special mention on the Health Institute website of the Carlos Slim Foundation.
Published in Cell Stem Cell and headed by Eduard Batlle at IRB Barcelona, the study identifies a group of quiescent stem cells of the intestine that are relevant for tissue regeneration and for their participation in tumour development.
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).