Molecular Modelling and Bioinformatics news

<p>Plasmid DNA simulation (P Dans. IRB Barcelona)</p>
17 Nov 2015

The simulation method developed in Modesto Orozco’s laboratory allows the study—with unprecedented accuracy—of structural changes in DNA and of the interaction of DNA with proteins and drugs.

All the simulations and posterior analyses are kept in the first online tool developed to date dedicated to atomic level simulations of nucleic acids.

The platform is free of charge and available to the entire scientific community through the Spanish Institute of Bioinformatics and the European network ELIXIR-Excellerate.

In addition to other uses, the new method provides greater insight into how DNA is recognised by proteins that modify its function or by the drugs that bind to it to exert their therapeutic action, thereby furthering our understanding of the biological function of DNA.

16 Nov 2015

Sharp Minds, a science dissemination blog, publishes an interview with Modesto Orozco about what drives him and his work at IRB Barcelona on bioinformatics and supercomputing -fields in which he is an international authority.

23 Oct 2015

The National Bioinformatics Institute (INB) acts as the Spanish scientific node and coordinates the partner institutions. These comprises CNIO, CRG, UPF, BSC and IRB Barcelona

<p>Inntags is a new tool for protein tagging (Image: Dr Aldea's laboratory)</p>
1 Sep 2015

A study conducted in collaboration with the CSIC, BSC and UB provides a new approach to follow cellular proteins more closely.

The target proteins labelled with inntags do not show detectable alterations of function or localization.

31 Aug 2015

The journal Nature Middle East has interviewed Modesto Orozco, group leader at IRB Barcelona, Director of Life Sciences at the BSC-CNS, and Professor at the UB. Orozco talks about the recent publication in Nature Methods of a study on inntags, a new method developed in collaboration with CSIC, IRB Barcelona, BSC and UB to study proteins.

See the interview in Nature Middle East

11 Aug 2015

The Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) magazine and other media have echoed an article recently published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) by a group of scientists led by Modesto Orozco, Group Leader at IRB Barcelona, Director of Life Sciences at the BSC-CNS, and Professor at the UB. Comprising researchers from IRB Barcelona, the University of Cambridge, and the University of New York, this group has discovered the molecular mechanism by which a type of epigenetic markers influence gene expression.

Read the article in...

7 Aug 2015

The newspaper “El País” includes the announcement made by US President, Barack Obama, about the project to build a supercomputer capable of performing a trillion calculations per second. The article includes statements made by Modesto Orozco, Group Leader at IRB Barcelona, Director of Life Sciences at the BSC-CNS and Professor at the UB, who gives his opinion about the impact that this project might have on the field of biomedical research.

Read the article in El País (in Spanish)

<p>Histone tails (FreeStockImages)</p>
28 Jul 2015

Researchers at IRB Barcelona discover the molecular mechanism that determines how epigenetic markers influence gene expression

27 Jul 2015

Combination of two strong denaturants of DNA leads to stabilization of the structure

An unexpected finding that opens new fields to the biotechnological use of DNA

22 Jul 2015

A study, published today in the journal Nature, marks a milestone in the understanding of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)

CLL is the most frequent leukemia with more than 12,000 new cases diagnosed in Europe every year

IRB Barcelona group leader Modesto Orozco participated in the study as he is involved with the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC)