Publico.es echoes a finding linked to the Rosetta space mission. The journalistic article describes the discovery of organic molecules on a comet and provides clues as to about how life may have arisen on Earth—one of the great enigmas of science. The journalist also mentions the discovery made by ICREA researcher at IRB Barcelona, Lluís Ribas de Pouplana, published in Science Advances, about the fundamental limit reached by the genetic code—the alphabet of life that comprises 20 amino acids. The code became saturated about 3,000 million years ago. The article highlights that these two discoveries, both of which were made while attempting to deduce the origin of life and its evolution, can be useful for applications in synthetic biology.
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 27 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).