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Diagnosis of uterine cancer without going under the knife

Researchers at Vall d'Hebron Hospital have identified a group of 20 genes linked to the development of uterine cancer and have created a new test for its diagnosis that does not require a biopsy and that can be done in the doctor’s office.

STAFF | MARCH 29TH, 2011

The genes of friendship

When we make a new friend or become part of a group it is because we experience some kind of affinity toward these people. It appears that this affinity could be mediated by the action of our genes, according to a study published in the journal PNAS by scientists at the University of California at San Diego


A key gene for cellular differentiation is identified

The ZRF1 gene plays a key role in the activation of genes related to the cell destination of stem cells, according to a study published in Nature by a team led by researchers at Barcelona’s Center for Genomic Regulation


Louis XVI’s DNA recovered from monarch’s supposed blood

A team led by Carles Lalueza-Fox, a researcher at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, studied a dried blood sample stored in a gourd that supposedly was kept as a souvenir from the execution of the French King Louis XVI by guillotine in 1793.


Genes, on the front page

On Thursday, July 1 at 19:30, in the sala Verdageur of the Ateneu Barcelonés (C / Canuda, 6), Matiana González Silva (CEHIC) will give the conference “Els gens, a la portada” (“Genes on the front cover") as part of the conferences series “Goodbye to the all-powerful genes.” The speaker will describe the history of genetics in the imagery projected by the media, from the point of view of a journalist and historian of science.

30 june 2010

Mara Dierssen receives the International Sisley-Jerome Lejeune Award

The neurobiologist and researcher of the Centre for Genomic Regulation, Mara Dierssen, has been awarded the yearly Sisley-Jerome Lejeune Foundation Prize of this foundation. The award ceremony was held on June 21 in the Museum of History of Medicine of Paris.

23 june 2010

Twins, colored mice and Danish mothers

Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 15 at 19:30 in the sala Verdaguer of the Ateneu of Barcelona, Manel Esteller, of the Gene Therapies and Transplant group of the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Insitute (IDIBELL), will give the talk entitled “Bessons, ratolins de colors i mares daneses, i si Lamarck tingués una mica de raó?” (“Twins, Colored Mice and Danish Mothers, what if Lamarck was partially right?”). The lecture forms part of Ateneu series on science called “Adéu als gens omnipotents” (“Goodbye to the omnipotent genes”).

14 june 2010

Autism linked with certain genetic variants

A new study into autism reveals that some genetic variants are strongly linked to the development of the disease and could be used to diagnose it quickly.

Deciphering the smallest genes

They are our smallest genes, and yet they arouse the greatest interest. The microRNA, a type of ribonucleic acid consisting of only 22 nucleotides on average, has become the last great star of molecular biology and the subject of intense scientific scrutiny to better understand its role in the cell. A new step forward in this direction has just been made by a team of scientists at Yale University led by the 35-year-old Spanish researcher Antonio Giráldez, which has found a new rule to decode the workings of these tiny molecules.

José Ángel Martos | 7 june 2010

Molecular evolution in humans

The Astronomical Association of Osona will hold the conference “Evolució molecular en humans” (“Molecular Evolution in Humans”) by Josep M. Serrat, of the University of Vic, on Tuesday, June 8.

7 june 2010

A study identifies functional repetitive motifs in human proteins

A new study comparing the human genome with the genomes of other vertebrate species to determine which of the repetitive motifs found in human proteins are important for the proper functioning of the body and which could correspond to the so-called “junk” fraction of the genome has just been published in the online journal Genome Research. The study was carried out entirely by the research group in Evolutionary Genomics, within the Computational Genomics group of GRIB at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and was led by Mar Albà, ICREA researcher.

4 june 2010

A marathon of cancer research

For three days, the most renowned cancer experts from both sides of the Atlantic held an intense debate and exchange of knowledge during the International Week for Cancer Research, organized by the New York Association for Science (NYAS) and held in Barcelona's CosmoCaixa museum.

Jordi Montaner | 1 june 2010

Scientists from around the world discuss the latest advances in personalized cancer medicine

Around 300 cancer researchers from around the world are meeting this week in Barcelona at the international conference “Towards Personalized Cancer Medicine,” held at CosmoCaixa from May 18 to 21. Various experts, many of whom are considered to be leaders in the field, will present their work and recent findings with the common objective of discussing everything related to the individualized treatment of cancer. The congress, which is divided into six thematic units, was launched yesterday with the presentation of a series of papers on biology and cancer susceptibility.

Octavi Planells, Clara Cardona | 20 may 2010

Infection inducing mechanism found in bacteria

A research appearing in ‘Nature’, with the participation of doctors Susana Campoy and Jordi Barbé from the Department of Genetics and Microbiology at UAB, demonstrates that bacteria have a surprising mechanism to transfer virulent genes causing infections. The research describes an unprecedented evolutionary adaptation and could contribute to finding new ways of treating and preventing bacterial infections.

19 may 2010

The challenges facing biotechnology

In recent years, biotechnology has experienced an unprecedented revolution. The techniques that have been developed up until now, particularly in genetics, are opening up a wide range of new lines of research and promising applications. At the same time, these advances are uncovering new challenges for the field. Researcher Pere Puigdomènech spoke to local high school students in La Seu d'Urgell, in Spain’s Catalonia region, about the future of biotechnology, its opportunities, satisfactions, difficulties and new potential goals that involve not only researchers but also society at large.

Octavi Planells | 11 may 2010

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