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
The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) pursues a society free of disease. To this end, it conducts multidisciplinary research of excellence to offer pioneering solutions to unresolved medical needs in cancer and other diseases related 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 employees 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).