2017-06-22, NEWS

Vaginal microbiome study initiated at the Center for Translational Microbiome Research

To define the composition of the vaginal microbiome in healthy and pregnant women, a number of large clinical studies have now been initiated by the Center for Translational Microbiome Research (CTMR) in collaboration with Uppsala University Hospital. CTMR started in January 2016 as collaboration between SciLifeLab, KI and the Swiss company Ferring Pharmaceuticals to establish a broad technical, […]

2017-06-22, NEWS

National Projects proposals up for review

The 2017 call for proposals for SciLifeLab National Projects in genomics have now closed and the 48 submitted projects (representing total project budgets of 180 MSEK) will undergo peer review during the summer. A final decision which projects that will get to share the 30 MSEK allocated to the National Projects is expected from the SciLifeLab Board […]

2017-06-15, NEWS

Antibody validation rewrites the story of Estrogen Receptor beta

  A new study by Cecilia Williams (KTH/ SciLifeLab) and colleagues uncovers that the notion of estrogen receptor beta playing a role in breast cancer is based on analyses with inadequate antibodies. The results show that other proteins are mistakenly identified as ERβ, which cannot even be detected in breast cancer tissue when using the […]

2017-06-07, NEWS

Synchrotron scanning uncovers the contents of fossil faeces in 3D

For the first time, imaging of coprolite, i.e. fossil faeces, contents in three dimensions using synchrotron tomography has been carried out successfully. This provides a novel approach for revealing the diet, and thereby also the lifestyle, of ancient animals such as dinosaurs.  The study investigated 230 million years old coprolites from Poland and was led by Per Ahlberg (Uppsala University/SciLifelab) in collaboration […]

2017-06-01, NEWS

First graduating class from Master’s programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science

On June 1, SciLifeLab congratulated the first class to graduate from the Master’s programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science. They have received a joint degree from three universities as this programme is a unique collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University, in the environment of Science for Life Laboratory. The students have […]

2017-05-31, NEWS

Tea consumption leads to epigenetic changes in women

Epigenetic changes are chemical modifications that switch on or off genes. A study led by Åsa Johansson (Uppsala University/SciLifeLab) uncovers that tea consumption in women leads to DNA methylation of genetic regions associated with cancer and estrogen metabolism. It is well known that our environment and lifestyle factors, such as food choices, smoking and exposure to chemicals, can lead to […]

2017-05-30, NEWS

Ancient genetic adaptations in mountain-living honeybees revealed

A new study published in PLoS Genetics ascribes the adaptations in honeybees that reside at high altitudes to ancient genetic alterations. The researchers sequenced the genomes of Kenyan honeybees from mountain forests or lowland savannahs and uncovered that regions located on chromosome 7 and 9 were consistently different between the two populations. This could explain […]