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Join us at BIYSC: Reading the book of Life: isolate, sequence and read DNA!

By Nieves Lorenzo (PhD Student at CRG), Juanjo Fraire (Postdoctoral Researcher at CRG), & Annick Labeeuw  (Citizen Science Project Manager) co-coordinators of the BIYSC project “Taking a closer look at DNA: using sequencing to explore evolution and biodiversity”

The color of our eyes, the color of our skin, how often we get sick, how fast we can swim! Most of these things are written in our book of Life: our own DNA. It contains all the information to build living organisms, from molecules to cells, from tissues to organs. It is all written in a code made only of four letters (A,T,G,C).


During this workshop you will perform hands-on experiments and cutting edge techniques to extract, purify, amplify and interpret DNA. Just like real scientists do in the labs at the CRG! You will be introduced to the scientific method, how to tackle a scientific question and, more important, how to work in a scientific team. All this to decipher what the DNA can tell us about living organisms.

By going out to the field, we will turn ourselves into “Crime Scene Investigators” and identify the true identity of fish from a market. We will observe them, extract their DNA and identify them molecularly using PCR and electrophoresis to visualize their DNA. We will use this data to identify ecological variations and animal inter-relationships.

What are you waiting for? Join us at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and learn how to read the book of Life. APPLY NOW


BIYSC is an International Scientific Challenge programme, that aims to connect the most passionate science students with the best researchers in their field. Registrations are open, do not lose your place! If you like science and you are between 16-19 years-old you cannot miss BIYSC from July 11th to 22nd 2016 in ‪#‎Barcelona! 10 projects, 10 ‪#‎research centers, two weeks of practical courses to work in research centers side-by-side with researchers, ‪#‎scientific conferences, debates, visits to the research centers and much more! Are you in? www.biysc.org

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, created in December 2000. The mission of the CRG is to discover and advance knowledge for the benefit of society, public health and economic prosperity. CRG believes that the medicine of the future depends on the ground-breaking science of today. This requires an interdisciplinary scientific team focused on understanding the complexity of life from the genome to the cell to a whole organism and its interaction with the environment, offering an integrated view of genetic diseases. CRG is a unique centre in Spain, based in an innovative organization research model. Group leaders at the CRG are recruited internationally and receive support from the centre to set up and run their groups. An external Scientific Advisory Board, made up of 13 world leaders in the different areas, evaluates them. The result of evaluations conditions the future of the CRG scientists, no matter whether they have open-ended or time-limited contracts. This ensures the mobility and the renewal of the workforce. CRG is part of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).

  • Director of the center: Luis Serrano
  • Renowed researcher: Fyodor Kondrashov
  • Coordinators of the CRG project at BIYSC: Nieves Lorenzo, Juanjo Fraire & Annick Labeeuw
Ranking positioning
  • 2014 – CRG ranks in the SCIMAGO Worldwide Rankings of Universities and Research Institutes in the 9th position according to Q1 – Ratio of Publications indicator (as ordered by SCImago Journal Rank)

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