The book takes the biologic traits controlled or subject to certain conditions by these genes and also the cultural factors that are linked to them, aiming to relate the biological influence with the cultural one.
The books 100 gens que ens fan humans – by Professor David Bueno- and Guia il·lustrada per a conèixer els arbres–signed by the experts Jaume Llistosella and Antoni Sànchez-Cuxart –are the finalists in the Catalan Society of Biology for dissemination, together with the dissemination program Quèquicom of Televisió de Catalunya, in the episode Estudiant el canvi climàtic al Pirineu. On July 7, in La Nit de la Biologia (Biology’s Night), the winner will be announced, honoured for the best dissemination project on biology science –in printed press, book, radio, television or online format- in Catalan.
In the book 100 gens que ens fan humans, published by Cossetània Edicions, Professor David Bueno (Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Statistics of the University of Barcelona) selects a hundred genes from the human genome which are related in some way to humanity and culture. The book takes the biologic traits controlled or subject to certain conditions by these genes and also the cultural factors that are linked to them, aiming to relate the biological influence with the cultural one. Viewing it from genetics, the title focuses on everything that makes humans go a bit inhuman, poets and murderers, inventors and imitators, rational and dogmatic, biologic and cultural. Each chapter of this book has a credit title of the specific gene, including –apart from its name- its length and position within the genome, the name of the neighbouring genes, together with a short description of their actions, to illustrate some of the many functions of the genome.
Edited by Publications and Editions of the UB, the Guia il·lustrada per a conèixer els arbres is a work by Professor Jaume Llistosella (Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, and the Biodiversity Research Institute, IRBio) and Antoni Sànchez-Cuxart, curator of the BCN Herbarium of the Documentation Center of Plant Biodiversity of the UB (CeDocBiV), authors of several dissemination works sharing information on the plant diversity of the country. The book collects an amount of 251 trees, which grow in Spain’s forests and mountains, and the ones that are put on the streets, gardens, squares etc. in all villages and cities and also the ones that we can find in natural resorts and fruit warehouses. The book is aimed at the general public but it is very useful for those interested in nature and botany, as well as students of disciplines related to plant biology, gardening or agriculture.