HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Epigenetic studies will provide a better understanding of disease

From 26-28 March, the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) will bring together 20 internationally recognised scientists from the USA and Europe working in epigenetics to present their latest work. Invited by Ferran Azorn, principal investigator at IRB Barcelona, and Tony Kouzarides, director of the Gurdon Institute in the United Kingdom, these scientists will participate in a new Barcelona BioMed Conference, one of a series organised jointly by IRB Barcelona and the BBVA Foundation. The conference will be held in the Auditorium (Tower D) of the Barcelona Science Park.

Epigenetics emerged on the scene in the 1990s. Researchers discovered that chromatin, the complex formed by DNA and histones, -proteins that bind strongly to DNA, thereby packaging it in chromosomes-, regulate gene expression. This additional layer of regulatory instructions, which are not held in DNA, comprise the epigenetic code.

Epigenetic differences explain, for example, why two cloned organisms are not the same or why twins develop illnesses of distinct genetic origin. Epigenetic studies promise not only to have a direct impact on health and our understanding of the relations between the environment and genetics but also to provide an explanation of basic aspects of cell biology. The co-organiser of the conference, Ferran Azorn, head of the "Chromatin Structure and Function" group at IRB Barcelona, comments that "deciphering and understanding the epigenome will shed light on fundamental processes in cell physiology. This knowledge will improve our understanding of the development of tumours and other diseases, and may lead to the design of new treatments for these conditions". A new family of epigenetic drugs, designed to reverse the changes in the epigenome that occur during the development of several kinds of cancer, is currently available. Several of these pharmacological agents are now being used to treat some types of leukaemia and breast cancer.


'"/>

Contact: Snia Armengou
sarmengou@pcb.ub.es
34-934-037-255
Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB)
19-Mar-2007


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Epigenetics to shape stem cell future
2. Epigenetic drugs, promising for breast cancer treatment
3. New view of cancer: Epigenetic changes come before mutations
4. Epigenetic activity silences Rb2/P130 gene in lung cancer
5. New studies on goats milk show it is more beneficial to health than cows milk
6. Berkeley Lab Life Sciences division awarded NIH grants for fruit fly, nematode studies
7. Obtaining valid consent for doing large genetic studies in developing countries
8. Short-term studies suggest that whole grain oats may reduce risk factors for coronary heart disease
9. New studies link the environment to Parkinsons disease
10. Ewwwww! UCLA anthropologist studies evolutions disgusting side
11. Genetic studies endow mice with new color vision

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/11/2020)... ... March 11, 2020 , ... ... sensing, today announced smart human body temperature infrared touch-free monitoring product family, a ... meter WxS x800-IRTM, supporting flexible wireless uplink for cloud connectivity such as NB-IoT, ...
(Date:3/5/2020)... ... March 05, 2020 , ... With numerous products in ... GmbH to accelerate Cytonus’ existing products and to expand the companies’ intellectual property ... a biotech company located in Austria. , Phoenestra has developed IP assets ...
(Date:3/5/2020)... ... March 05, 2020 , ... Diagenode, a leading global provider ... a subsidiary of global genomics leader BGI Group, today announced a co-marketing agreement ... and Asia Pacific. , Under the terms of the non-exclusive agreement, the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/28/2020)... ... February 26, 2020 , ... Designed primarily for laboratory ... a dedicated controller, thus simplifying setup, streamlining integration, and optimizing workflow. Capable of ... of Fastec Imaging’s new HS Series cameras to be released. The HS Series ...
(Date:2/21/2020)... ... February 20, 2020 , ... ... efficient and elegant chemistry. Humans have been increasingly successful in innovating ways ... Through rapidly evolving technologies and strategies for modern molecular biology (e.g., gene ...
(Date:2/21/2020)... ... February 21, 2020 , ... ... their manufacturing operations in order to adapt to new approaches like ‘Industry 4.0’ ... the increasing demand for personalized medicine and therapies. But with an industry with ...
(Date:2/19/2020)... ... February 19, 2020 , ... ... for the life sciences industry, today announced the opening of a new office ... Partner, Red Nucleus R&D. , Red Nucleus announced the new office in response ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: