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Molecule successful in treating Alzheimer's disease in mice

Researchers at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of Barcelona (UB) have successfully tested the ASS234 molecule in transgenic mice models of Alzheimer's diseases.

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First partial sequence of an ancient pig genome

A team of Spanish researchers has obtained the first partial genome sequence of an ancient pig. Extracted from a sixteenth century pig found at the site of the Montsoriu Castle in Girona, the obtained data indicates that this ancient pig is closely related to today's Iberian pig. Researchers also discard the hypothesis that Asian pigs were crossed with modern Iberian pigs.

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The unicellular ancestors of animals, more complex than previously thought

An international project led by the Instituto de Biología Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF) has obtained the amoeba Capsaspora owczarzaki genome. The main striking result is that the unicellular ancestor of animals was very complex: it had more genes involved in multicellular functions than previously assumed and many of these genes play important roles in multicellulars organisms.

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Evolution of the subterranean beetles

For a long time it has been believed that subterranean species are an evolutionary dead-end. A group of scientists have have analysed a group of subterranean beetles in the Pyrenees and have just proven the contrary, that subterranean beetles can diversify and have a widespread radiation.

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Modular la repuesta de la microglia para inhibir la inflamación

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Un proyecto coordinado por el CSIC estudiará la modulación de receptores inmunológicos de la microglia para reducir la inflamación en el sistema nervioso central y para determinar su potencial neuroprotector y su utilidad como diana terapéutica.

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