Development and Morphogenesis in Drosophila news

<p>Drosophila melanogaster is a very valuable model to study human diseases (Photo:IRB)</p>
14 Oct 2013

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.

7 Oct 2012

Feature article about Drosophila melanogaster in, a portal devoted to science. Researchers Cayetano González and Jordi Casanova are two of the scientisits interviewed for the...

27 Sep 2012

More than 40 scientists from 11 centres bear out the strength of the science performed with the fruit fly in Spain

27 May 2012

Article on the advantages of Drosophila melanogaster, otherwise known as the vinegar or fruit fly, for biomedical research. Statements by Marco Milán and Jordi Casanova, IRB Barcelona researchers experts in this animal model.

Read article from ARA (PDF in Catalan)

Newspaper ARA - Section Science

12 Apr 2012

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 Drosophilalab at IRB Barcelona and CSIC research professor, proposes in an article in the journal Embo Reports that we may be...

<p>The cells to the right of the line, which have lost adhesion and are more rounded, will form the Drosophila intestines.</p>
15 Dec 2011

• 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.

5 Jul 2011

Researchers at IRB Barcelona identify a new component that regulates the development of the tracheal system of the fly Drosophila melanogaster.

4 Oct 2010

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.

<p>Photograph of embryonic Drosophila cells showing cell nuclei (in blue) and microtubules (in green). They are all organised from the apical zone of the cells, which delimit the microtubules. (©Jordi Casanova Lab)</p>
31 May 2010

A group of researchers discover a mechanism based on two proteins that regulate the microtubule network formation in embryonic cells.

Microtubules are like internal cellular transport networks and are fundamental for processes such as the secretion of substances, and cell movement and morphology.