Timeline of early eukaryotic evolution unveiled

by IRB Barcelona - Instituto de Investigación Biomédica

By analysing duplicates of thousands of genes, researchers have reconstructed the evolutionary events leading to the creation of eukaryotic cells, the precursors to virtually all life you can see with...

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Aging is a blind spot in natural selection

by UPF - Universitat Pompeu Fabra

​Why do we age? Why do we die? These questions are one of humanity’s greatest challenges. We can see it in religions, which have created different justifications for death; or the large number of ...

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A new mechanism helps explain differences between eukaryotic and bacterial proteomes

by IRB Barcelona - Instituto de Investigación Biomédica

The study, published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, has been headed by Lluís Ribas, at IRB Barcelona.

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Researchers find the ancestral function of the retinoic acid, an essential molecule in the evolution of vertebrates

by Universitat de Barcelona

The new research study reveals that the primary function of retinoic acid was to control cell differentiation and to ease the creation of neurons in the right place and time. According to the lecturer...

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A new study changes the scientific paradigm on the evolutionary origins of the brain in vertebrates

by Universitat de Barcelona

An international team has published in the journal PLOS Biology, an article which alters the classic model of the brain formation process in vertebrates and its biological evolution. The new study, co...

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The incidence of TB is on the rise in Southern Mozambique

by ISGlobal - Instituto de Salud Global de Barcelona

A study led by the Manhiça Health Research Center (CISM) and ISGloba provides for the first time data on trends in cases and other indicators of tuberculosis over 16 years in Manhiça district, in So...

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How does the brain of people who do not like music work?

by IBEC - Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya

The study, published by PNAS journal, gives clues about the importance of music at an evolutionary level based on the connection between the auditory and emotional areas of the brain.

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Milk discovered to be important element during the Neolithisation of the northern Mediterranean region

by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

An international research project with the involvement of the UAB offers widespread evidence of milk production in southern Europe. The first Neolithic communities began using milk from the onset of a...

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Genome sequencing reveals ancient interbreeding between chimpanzees and bonobos and creates new conservation opportunities

by UPF - Universitat Pompeu Fabra

An international team of researchers reveals for the first time the existence of ancient gene flow between chimpanzees and bonobos, man’s closest living relatives.

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Cancer causing human papillomavirus lineage originate by sexual transmission from Neanderthals

by IBEC - Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya

With previous studies showing that almost everyone with Eurasian ancestry has a small proportion of Neanderthal DNA in them – up to 5 percent of the human genome – it has become evident that human...

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A short jump from single-celled ancestors to animals

by Centre for Genomic Regulation

In a Developmental Cell paper publishing October 13, researchers demonstrate that the single-celled ancestor of animals likely already had some of the mechanisms that animal cells use today to develop...

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Losing genes and surviving: when 'Less is more' in the evolution of beings

by Universitat de Barcelona

Thinking of gene loss as an evolution force is a counterintuitive idea, for it is easier to think that only when we gain something –genes in this case- can we evolve. However the new work by these a...

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