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Researchers identify genes related to sex-related differences in aggressiveness of cancer




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The newspapers Público and El Punt Avui,and the TV channel La Sexta, among other media, have reported on a recent study headed by Cayetano González, ICREA researcher at IRB Barcelona. Using the vinegar fly, Drosophila melanogaster, this study has identified possible regulators of the differences in tumours associated with the sex of an individual. Published in Science Advances, the study compares the brain tumours of male and female flies at the molecular level and identifies the protein responsible for the different degrees of aggressiveness. Understanding the molecular bases of the differences in the incidence of cancer and survival between men and women is crucial if specific and more effective treatments are to be found.


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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).