The study opens up new lines of research for the manipulation of genetic sequences among organisms of different species.

“We have discovered the secret of life!”, announced James Watson and Francis Crick from a pub in Cambridge in 1953. The secret in question was DNA, the hereditary cell structure in charge of holding the genetic information necessary to create a living being similar to its parents.

Since DNA was discovered, countless works have focused on explaining the functioning of the genetic code, among which are many of the research studies carried out by scientists at the  Institute for Genomic and Functional Biology (IBFG, a joint centre of the University of Salamanca and the CSIC).

More specifically, in the laboratory of the Functional Organization of the Eukaryotic Genome , a research group directed by Francisco Antequera, a research professor of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), in collaboration with Luis Quintales, Chair of Informatics Languages and Systems at USAL, has just identified “a new level of information in the DNA sequence”, as reported by those responsible to the Press Office of the University of Salamanca.

The finding was recently published in the prestigious science journal   Genome Research, which usually makes a monthly selection of the only some ten articles for global dissemination.

Francisco Antequera and Luis Quintales, responsible for the research published in “Genome Research”. Photo: Sergio Manzano

More information: Comunicación Universidad de Salamanca

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Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Unviersidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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