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Núria López-Bigas: "In biomedical research, we are as good as the next ".



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The newspaper El Nacional has published an interview with Nuria López-Bigas, head of the Biomedical Genomics Lab at IRB Barcelona. López-Bigas explains that her lab work comprises computational analysis of the mutations present in tumours. According to this researcher, the most important focus of her work is “determining which of these mutations have led to the development of the tumour.”

Referring to her lab, she says “We work with an enormous number of data and the only way to analyse them is to design computer programmes that can look for the differences between genomes and identify the mutations”.  Thanks to these tools, it has been discovered that a single tumour can carry thousands of mutations. 

Link to: El Nacional 


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The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) pursues a society free of disease. To this end, it conducts multidisciplinary research of excellence to cure cancer and other diseases linked to ageing. It establishes technology transfer agreements with the pharmaceutical industry and major hospitals to bring research results closer to society, and organises a range of science outreach activities to engage the public in an open dialogue. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 researchers and more than 30 nationalities. Recognised as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence since 2011, IRB Barcelona is a CERCA centre and member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).