What is the best genetic strategy of making offspring? Sex is a great way of acquiring new, adaptive combinations of genes, but the disadvantage is that by recombining you also risk breaking apart the adaptive combinations. So which strategy is better from an evolutionary point of view? Turns out bacteria can provide one answer to this question. We can learn more about this in a recent publication that is a result of collaboration between researchers from the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology and from the Big Data Institute at University of Oxford.
Structural Biologists from MCB, Elżbieta Wątor and Piotr Wilk led by Przemysław Grudnik revealed the structural basis underlying the mechanism of substrate recognition during the first step of hypusination, the most unique post-translational modification. Their work may have an impact on future drug design to treat cancer and neurodegeneration.
We are delighted to announce that two of our researchers have been successful in gaining one of the oldest and most prestigious scholarships from The Foundation For Polish Science - START. Katarzyna Owczarek and Rościsław Krutyhołowa have been awarded the scholarships in recognition of their past achievements and to support further scientific development.