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SciLifeLab mobilizes expertise around seven research themes

To facilitate internationally competitive, cutting-edge collaborative research, SciLifeLab now announces its support for seven Research Community Programs – networks that will connect top researchers across Sweden with each other and with the SciLifeLab infrastructure.

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Therapeutic gene editing may increase cancer risk

Using the recognized DNA-altering CRISPR-Cas9 technique to treat diseases may inadvertently increase the risk of cancer, according to a new study co-supervised by Bernhard Schmierer, KI, who heads the High Throughput Genome Engineering facility. The results are published in Nature Medicine.

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Cold-water sponges from different geographical areas share the same microbiota

Researchers have compared the microbiota of two species of sponges belonging to the genus Mycale from the sub-Antarctic Magellan region and the Western Antarctic Peninsula. High throughput sequencing performed by NGI revealed a remarkable similarity in their microbiota.

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Ectomycorrhizal fungi play contrasting roles in decomposition

A recent study enabled by NGI shows that ectomycorrhizal fungi play contrasting roles in decomposition of organic matter. The researchers, led by Björn D. Lindahl at SLU, showed that exclusion of ectomycorrhizal fungi in a boreal forest increased decomposition of surface litter by 11%.

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