The newspaper El País has published an article about the implications of applying the CRISPR-Cas9 technique in human cells that could facilitate the appearance of tumours, according to two articles published in the journal Nature Medicine. The journalist interviewed Manuel Serrano, head of the Cellular Plasticity and Disease Lab at IRB Barcelona, who does not consider that these results are completely pessimistic because "Once a genetic defect has been corrected, it can be verified if these cells maintain p53, so we will have to add another quality test to use the cells that maintain it and not the others ".
The newspaper La Vanguardia has devoted an article to the two Spanish researchers who have become members of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) this year, namely the biologist Salvador Aznar Benitah, head of the Stem Cell and Cancer laboratory at IRB Barcelona, and the physicist Xavier Trepat, at IBEC. This distinction is held by the best scientists in the continent and on the field of life sciences.
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La Premsa del Baix and the Town Council of Sant Esteve Sesrovires has published an article on the challenge that Carlos Romero has taken up, namely to participate in the seventh "Batalla de Rande". This involves swimming 27 km from the Cies Islands to the island of San Simón in Galicia. Romero has requested that people show their support by donating to research done at IRB Barcelona.
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TV3 has reported on the researchers who received the 12 million euros raised in TV3’s 2012 Marató. Among the projects is that of Salvador Aznar Benitah—head of the Stem Cell and Cancer Laboratory at IRB Barcelona—which addresses metastasis and its relation to the consumption of dietary fat.
"La Ciutat", a radio programme of Onda Cero has interviewed Muriel Arimon, Public Engagement and Science Education Officer at IRB Barcelona, and representatives from Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera to talk about the Tàndem programme with the Montserrat School of Cornellà de Llobregat School.
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El Punt Avui, La Razón, El Periódico, El Economista, among other media, have published an article about the research that was financed with the 12 million euros collected in TV3’s 2012 Marató (telethon) dedicated to cancer. La Marató has highlighted, among others, two IRB Barcelona projects that were awarded funding. On the one hand, Núria López-Bigas developed the "Cancer Genome Interpreter", a platform that allows better selection of treatments for cancer and the prediction of patient response. And on the other, Salvador Aznar Benitah led a project addressing metastasis and its relation to the consumption of dietary fat.
Diario Médico has published an article on the "Cancer Geneme Interpreter" (CGI) that includes statements by Nuria López-Bigas, head of the Biomedical Genomics Lab at IRB Barcelona. The CGI is an open platform on the Internet that automates the interpretation of genomic alterations in specific tumours, reporting their relationship with tumour onset. This platform has been developed by researchers from IRB Barcelona and the Vall d'Hebrón Institute of Oncology.
EFE has published an article on the “BIO International Convention”, one of the main fairs organised by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and that takes place in Boston from today until Thursday, 7 June. In this event, special emphasis will be given to topics such as fundraising and new gene therapies, among others. IRB Barcelona, represented its Innovation Department is one of the institutions participating in this event.
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The newspaper Regió7 has interviewed Nuria López-Bigas, head of the Biomedical Genomics Lab at IRB Barcelona, about her work in computational biology. In this interview, she talks about how she reads millions of DNA data from cancer tumours to establish guidelines to explain the behaviour of diseased cells and identify strategies through which to cure them.
The Heraldo newspaper has published an article about the role of immunotherapy to rearm patients’ defences and contribute to the fight against cancer. In the article, the authors mention the work of Eduard Batlle, ICREA researcher at IRB Barcelona, on the effectiveness that enhances immune system function in colon cancer.
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