Jordi Casanova, IRB Barcelona group leader and CSIC professor, explains on TV3 the uses of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. TV3 covered the European Drosophila Research Conference, held from 16 to 19 October in Barcelona.
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On 16-19 October, 700 scientists will meet for the 23 European Drosophila Conference in the Palau de Congressos in Barcelona.
Drosophila melanogaster, also known as the fruit fly, is a key model organism in genetics and essential for our understanding of disease.
Jules Hoffmann, French researcher and 2011 Nobel Laureate in Medicine, will deliver the opening plenary lecture on Wednesday afternoon.
Barcelona hosts a large concentration of biomedical research groups specialized in Drosophila, making the city a European and worldwide reference for this area of research.
More than 40 scientists from 11 centres bear out the strength of the science performed with the fruit fly in Spain
In spite of considerable research efforts around the world, we still do not know the determining factors that confer stem cells their main particular features: capacity to self-renew and to divide and proliferate. The scientist Jordi Casanova, head of the “Morphogenesis in Drosophila” lab at IRB Barcelona and CSIC research professor, proposes in an article in the journal Embo Reports that we may be...
• This transformation, which is common in embryonic development, is
very similar to the process undergone by metastatic tumour cells.
• The gene GATA 6 is sufficient and necessary for this change
to happen. This gene is associated with many tumours of endodermal
origin, such as those of the liver, pancreas and colon.
Researchers at IRB Barcelona identify a new component that regulates the development of the tracheal system of the fly Drosophila melanogaster.
What becomes of an embryonic cell that does not have a defined identity depends on its location. And to determine the location, the cell draws on the morphogen Hedgehog. The newspaper Correo Médico echoes the work of Andreu Casali, IRB Barcelona researcher in the Development and Morphogenesis in Drosophila Laboratory, that explains how the morphogen and the embryonic cell interact in the wing development of the fruit fly.