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"El Periódico” publishes an article on the work done with Drosophila melanogaster—the fruit fly—at IRB Barcelona. This organism is one of the most studied animal models and the basis for many lines of research at the institute. Humans share 70% of their genome with these flies, thus allowing scientist to address the basic mechanisms of development and analyse cancer treatments.

During a tour of the facilities at the Barcelona Science Park, journalist Ana Lopez was accompanied by Jordi Casanova, leader of the Development and Morphogenesis in Drosophila group, Marc Furriols, research associate, Lara Barrio, a postdoctoral researcher in Marco Milán’s lab, and Ainoa Olza, the head of the Drosophila injection service.

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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).