Results about: Drosophila melanogaster

Internal mechanism found to be responsible for the limitless growth potential of epithelial tumours

Researchers at IRB Barcelona reveal the capacity of epithelial-derived tumours to grow in the absence of a microenvironment.

Featured on the cover of the journal Proceedings of the National Academic of Sciences (PNAS), the study identifies the cell types and molecular mechanism involved in tumour initiation and growth.

The results of this study contribute to our understanding of the internal mechanisms of the tumour, which may provide a therapeutic target.

Histone 1, the guardian of genome stability

Genomic instability is the main risk factor for tumour development in humans. Therefore understanding its origin and exploring therapeutic targets is paramount.

Histone 1 silences a region of the genome that causes irreparable DNA damage when translated and is lethal for the organism.

100 young students set to experience the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC)

IRB Barcelona is to participate in the two-week (10-21 July) scientific summer camp through the project “Drosophila melanogaster: a model to study human disease”.

This initiative is organised by the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation, in collaboration with first-class research centres all over Catalonia, including BIST centres. 

The Drosophila fly brings to light the role of morphogens in limb growth

Scientists at IRB Barcelona clarify the function of the genes that drive wing development in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

Published in the journal eLife, this study unveils that the Dpp morphogen is necessary for wing growth but that its gradient does not govern this process.

Understanding the development of limbs in Drosophila paves the way to research into congenital defects in vertebrates.

A summer camp full of scientific challenges for young students

100 secondary school students aged between 16 and 18 years old will have the chance to experience the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) 2017.

It is a two-week (10-21 July) scientific summer camp organised by the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation in collaboration with first-class research centres all over Catalonia.

The registration period is now open for BIYSC, in which IRB Barcelona coordinates a project in biomedicine.

Secondary school teachers and IRB Barcelona scientists are on to “the fly”

IRB Barcelona is to participate in the twelfth edition of the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation's Teachers and Science Programme.

Teachers will work alongside the scientists to develop resources that can be taken back to the classroom.