Coronavirus sars cov 2

Media beautifies the image of coronavirus

According to a study by the Instituto de Radio Televisión Española and the UAB conducted during the COVID-19 lockdown, black and white images of SARS-CoV-2 make the virus seem more infectious. The results, published on PLoS ONE, demonstrate that colour and three-dimensional images of SARS-CoV-2 in the media has favoured the perception of the virus as a beautiful, but not quite realistic or contagious virus.

Plaques de creixement / placas de crecimiento

Treatment with gene therapy of a new rat model of Morquio A

   A research team from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) has generated the first rat model recapitulating all disabling alterations experienced by patients with Mucopolysaccharidosis type IVA, also known as Morquio A disease. The team has developed a gene therapy that fully corrects the severe whole-body alterations in the rat model after a single intravenous viral vector administration.

Caçadors-recol·lectors / cazadores - recolectores

Meat-heavy diets restricted hunter-gatherer population sizes

A new study by the ICTA-UAB establishes that the population density of hunter-gatherer groups was reduced where they depended heavily on meat to survive. The research reveals important links between growing season length, diet composition and population density.

Equip de recerca dirigit per Ignasi Roig a l'IBB

Researchers identify new genes linked to longer reproductive lifespan in women

An international research co-led by UAB has identified nearly 300 gene variations that influence reproductive lifespan in women. Additionally, in mice, the researchers have successfully manipulated several key genes associated with these variants to extend their reproductive lifespan. Their findings, in Nature, substantially increase our knowledge of the reproductive ageing process, as well as providing ways to improve the prediction of which women might reach menopause earlier than others. 

Polítiques econòmiques i canvi climàtic

Scientists urge to re-think global economic policies to avoid climate crisis

International research into global climate models involving the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) shows that current worldwide economic policies are in danger of leading nations away from emission and global warming targets. The study, carried out by leading international academics and published in the Nature Energy Journal.


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