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The Transforming Growth Factor Beta (or just TGFβ) are a family of proteins that control cell proliferation and differentiation. I hope that my friends at Vanderbilt will correct me if they don’t agree with the statement that an imbalance in TGFβ production and consumption could lead to uncontrolled growth and potentially to the beginning of a tumour.
As a Spaniard doing research abroad I feel I should have an opinion of the state of Spanish science. On the other hand I feel I have a more solid experience of the state of Science in places like the UK or Germany than in my own country.
Recently the New York Times has echoed research by Robert Moyzis (UC Irvine) and Henry Harpending (Utah) recently published in PNAS. This research claims that human evolution was, contrary to what it was previously thought, especially active between 50000 and 10000 years ago.
Biologists Peter Lawrence (Cambridge) and Gines Morata (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) have just been announced as the winners of this year’s Prince of Asturias award in the category of science and technology.