coronavirus

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The genome of the new coronavirus harbors a short sequence suspected of being the main culprit of its uniquely infectious and aggressive nature

CORONAVIRUS

Genetic analysis suggests that the coronavirus was already circulating in Spain by mid-February

A study of the first 28 genomes of the virus rules out the existence of a single ‘patient zero’ in the country

CORONAVIRUS

Spain’s summer weather will not be enough to defeat the coronavirus, say experts

While one study argues that warm temperatures in the country will hinder the spread of the virus, leading doctors and epidemiologists say that more will be needed to halt infections

Coronavirus

“Our motivation is to get a vaccine as quickly as possible so we can hug each other again”

Spaniard Juan Andres is VP for technical development at Moderna Therapeutics, a biotechnology company that has the first candidate for a vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus

Monarchy

Research confirms that intermarrying caused the ‘Habsburg jaw’ in Spanish royals

After analyzing portraits, a team of geneticists and surgeons has confirmed the link between the diplomatic strategy adopted by the dynasty and their prevalent overbite

HUNTING IN SPAIN

The Spanish businessman who hunted a museum’s worth of animals

There are plans to put 1,250 of the trophies personally killed by Marcial Gómez Sequeira, the former president of the private healthcare insurer Sanitas, on display in Extremadura

GENETICS

Spanish scientists create human-monkey chimera in China

The team led by Juan Carlos Izpisúa injected stem cells into the animal embryos as part of research aimed at finding a way to grow organs for transplants

NARCOTICS

The bottom line on Madrid’s hashish: 75% of samples contain fecal contamination

A scientific study by pharmacist Manuel Pérez Moreno of 90 types of cannabis resin bought in the region has revealed high levels of E.coli bacteria, posing a threat to consumers’ health

History

The Soviet scientist who disappeared in 1980s Madrid

Vladimir Alexandrov went missing without a trace after spending three days drinking heavily in Spain

CRIME

Interior Ministry releases in-depth analysis of murder rates in Spain

The three-year study of 632 homicides, the first of its kind, contradicts popular notions on homicide and its links to immigration and race

JUSTICE

DNA tests cast doubt on Spain’s “stolen baby” network

In 81 results, the remains of newborns suspected of being given away under the Franco regime genetically matched their parents

HISTORY

The invasion that wiped out every man from Spain 4,500 years ago

New research indicates all local males on the Iberian peninsula were killed by hostile invaders with superior technology

PUBLIC HEALTH

Pioneering study finds more than 200,000 rats in Barcelona’s sewers

Many specimens were discovered to be carrying bacteria and worms that can be passed on to humans

PUBLIC HEALTH

Coca-Cola paying millions to medical and scientific societies in Spain

Beneficiaries deny a research bias, but study finds sponsorship serves company’s commercial purposes

SCIENCE

Labs that experiment with animals start to lift veil of secrecy

But two years after Spanish centers signed a transparency agreement, 20% have yet to offer visits

SCIENCE

Advances in DNA analysis help Spanish police solve old crimes

A legal loophole allows greater scope in turning genetic samples into leads that help nail suspects

GENDER RELATIONS

Do heat waves fuel domestic violence?

A study has found that soaring temperatures can increase the risk of gender-based homicide by 40%

SPAIN DURING THE DICTATORSHIP

The forgotten report that slammed Spain’s healthcare under Franco

A 1967 study by leading figure Fraser Brockington flagged up numerous shortcomings in the dictator’s public health system

Environment

Pollution has killed 93,000 people in Spain in the last decade

Experts are calling for urgent action to tackle the problem, which causes more deaths than car accidents

Environment

How penguins toppled two Chilean government ministers

Division over a mining project located near a unique marine nature reserve in Chile has taken its first political casualties

CAVE PAINTINGS

Spanish cave art was made by Neanderthals, new test reveals

Uranium-thorium dating system finds that the drawings pre-date modern humans by 20,000 years

Cancer research

Spanish-led research finds “starting grid” for most lethal kind of cancer

International team led by oncologist Paco Real discovers state of the pancreas that leads to tumors

Archaeology

Menorca’s mysterious trepanned dead

A newly discovered cave conceals 3,300-year-old human remains with holes in their skulls

Science

Catalonia: it’s all in the head

Nobel laureate Ramón y Cajal quashed the pseudoscientific theories fueling separatism in Catalonia

Conservation

The veterinarian working to save man-eating animals

A Madrid-based doctor is fighting the common diseases that infect tigers and other endangered animals

Nature

The spectacular flowering of Chile’s Atacama Desert

Unusual winter rains lead to display involving more than 200 species of native plants

ENVIRONMENT

What is going on with Europe’s bees?

Existing data is either inconsistent or non-existent, say experts at interdisciplinary summit in Brussels