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Pere Renom

“We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision […] We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.”
Oration on the Dignity of Man – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

genètica

De-extinction: to revive a species

published on 19.12.2018

In Masjoan at Espinelves (Girona) there is a collection with more than 250 species of stuffed birds, gathered by the naturalist Marià Masferrer Rierola in the late nineteenth century. Among the various species there is the Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis), a bird native to the United States, which was extinct in 1918 by hunting and […]

The caganer

published on 18.04.2017

It is often said that Catalans are eschatological. They have the “caganer”, a figure of the Christmas manger of a man defecating, they also have the “tió” a trunk of tree that shits gifts at Christmas, and in the industrial field they have the company Roca, one of the most important of the world in […]

Extraordinary centenarian

published on 27.12.2016

There is no magic formula to live 100 years, depends on a lucky combination of genetics and healthy habits. We will analyze the case of two extraordinary centenarians and we will understand that aging is rusting. The following spoke: Mireia Farré from Idescat, Reinald Pamplona from UdL-IRBLleida, Manel Esteller from IDIBELL and the centenarian Joaquim […]

Dogs, beast friends

published on 24.05.2016

We discover the extraordinary olfactory abilities of dogs to detect diseases such as diabetes or lung cancer, or their attentive social behavior that makes them ideal for the care of disabled people. Involved, dog handlers Armand Flaujat, Cal Manistró, Ramon Pampin of ACATH and Ingrid Ramon, of Argusdogs. Also Dr. Laureano Molins from Clinical Hospital […]

Fascinated by cats

published on 19.05.2015

We will learn to better understand the behavior of cats in order to improve coexistence, we will see how manage the colonies of feral and abandoned cats, we will understand the possible origin of the expression “to look for three feet of cat”, and we will know purebred cats with more than a century pedigree. […]

Evolution, after Darwin’s footsteps

published on 14.10.2014

Charles Darwin proposed natural selection as the mechanism of evolution, inspired by the finches of the Galapagos islands, fossils of Patagonia, or domestic pigeons. In Catalonia can be found completely equivalent examples: Pyrenean cave beetles, rodent fossils, or a new breed of mini-pigs intended for biomedical research.

Lottery, gambling game

published on 4.12.2012

Are there some lottery establishments luckier than others? A palindrome is more likely that an “ugly number “? On a trip across the chance, Pere Renom interviews Gonzalo Garcia-Pelayo , patriarch of the “Pelayos”, a family that won 200 million pesetas applying statistics in the roulette. Leo Margets, outstanding professional poker player, explains that, beyond […]

Who am I?

published on 21.09.2012

The Renom family meets at Ripollet to share their family histories and to link their genealogies. With a lot of help and luck reporter Pere Renom takes to do genealogical research, genetic and facial analysis and reconstructs the history of his family for about 500 years in detail and more generally traced back thousands of […]

Running against time

published on 29.03.2006

Our lifestyle can slow down in part the effects of aging, but our genetics is also essential. Antoni Pifarré is a 67 year old man who still runs marathons and is currently preparing to climb Everest. How is it possible that some people get old in better conditions than others? Can we improve the condition […]