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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Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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