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New findings on the function of Mitofusin 2 in bacterial infection and inflammation processes

A study published in the journal Cell Reports describes new functions of the protein Mitofusin 2 (Mfn2) in macrophages –cells that take part in the defensive and inflammatory response– under immunological stress conditions. The article sheds light on the expression mechanisms of proinflammatory cytokines, molecules that can appear uncontrolledly –known as the cytokine storm– over the course of bacterial and viral infections.


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The CNAG-CRG participates in a European project to improve medical assistance through interceptive medicine

Scientists from the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG-CRG), based in Barcelona Science Park and integrated to the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) unites with hundreds of innovators, research pioneers, clinicians, industry leaders and policy makers from all around Europe are united to revolutionize healthcare on the frame of LifeTime initiative. They are participating in two publications: a perspective article in the journal Nature and the LifeTime Strategic Research Agenda. They are now presenting how to improve leverage the latest scientific breakthroughs and technologies over the next decade, to track, understand and treat human cells throughout an individual’s lifetime.


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IBEC and IRB Barcelona researchers receive funding from “La Caixa” for biomedical research

Researchers from the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and the Barcelona Institute for Biomedical Research (IRB) -based in the Barcelona Science Park- are part of the winning projects of the third Call for Applications Health Research Projects organized by “La Caixa ” Foundation, which this year allocates 18 million euros to 25 biomedical projects to tackle those diseases with the greatest global impact, such as cardiovascular, neurological, infectious and oncological.

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A global team involving ICUB-Tech researchers detects a type of unidentified astronomical object

Researchers from the international collaborations LIGO and Virgo, in which the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the UB (ICCUB) takes part under the coordination of Jordi Portell –co-director of the ICCUB Technology Unit, based in the Barcelona Science Park– have announced the discovery of an object of 2.6 solar masses, placing it firmly into so-called mass gap. That is an interval between the mass of the heaviest neutron star and the lightest blackhole, from which there were no observations yet.


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