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The centre is jointly funded by the Spanish Research Council CSIC, the Andalusian Regional Government Junta de Andalucia, and the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) in Seville. The building and its equipment were acquired with EU funds. The emphasis is made on Developmental Biology to take advantage of the strong Spanish school that has spread around the world. The Centre now houses young and dynamic groups working on mouse, zebra fish, Xenopus, Drosophila and Caenorhabditis development. The CABD also houses groups studying control of cell cycle in yeast, regulation of gene expression in bacteria and oxidative stress.
The CABD was founded in 2003 as the first Spanish institute specialized in the study of Developmental Biology. The CABD is a mixed center co-financed by the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), the Regional Government of Andalusia and the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) in Seville. The building and the equipment were financed with funds from the European Union. The focus of research has been chosen to host and promote the prestigious Spanish School of Developmental Biology that has been extended by different international laboratories. Currently the center is occupied by young and dynamic groups working in development of mouse, zebrafish, Xenopus, Drosophila and Caenorhabditis. In the CABD there are also groups studying cell cycle control in yeast, gene regulation in bacteria and oxidative stress.
Researchers at the Andalusian Center for Developmental Biology (CABD) use light microscopy as a tool to study development of cells, organs and embryos in different model organisms. Most of the experimental systems under analysis display complex 3D organisation both at the cellular and organismal levels. Thus, access to the appropriate microscopic techniques to unveil this complexity becomes of paramount importance. Moreover, because of the properties of growing animals, it is necessary to follow their development in real time, which adds further analytical challenges.
The CABD Aquatic Vertebrate Animal has an approximate capacity to maintain about 3000 fish stocks and a total of approximately 50,000 fish in an area of more than 300 m2. The service consists of four individual units where the different species such as zebrafish ( Danio rerio ), Medaka ( Oryzia latipes ), Xenopus laevis and Xenopus tropicalis are housed. In the different units are lodged both wild and transgenic lines and mutants.