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2019-09-12, NEWS

Nominate your favorite speaker!

Who is the speaker of your dreams? The two SciLifeLab Seminar Series (SciLifeLab The Svedberg Seminar Series in Uppsala and SciLifeLab Seminar Series-Campus Solna in Stockholm) are now open for new nominations. If you could invite any researcher you wanted, from any part of the world, and have someone else pay for all associated costs, […]

2019-09-11, NEWS

Visceral fat in women more strongly linked to diseases

In a recent study, led by Åsa Johansson (SciLifeLab/Uppsala University), researchers investigated the relationship between visceral fat – fat surrounding organs and the intestines – and an increased risk of developing diabetes, heart attacks, hypertension and hyperlipidemia.  The comprehensive study, with over 325,000 participants, confirmed that visceral fat fat is a major risk factor for […]

2019-09-11, NEWS

International prize to SciLifeLab facility director Gunnar von Heijne

SciLifeLab Cryo-EM director Gunnar von Heijne (Stockholm University) have been awarded The Biophysical Society’s 2020 Anatrace Membrane Protein Award. Gunnar von Heijne, Professor of theoretical Chemistry at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Stockholm University, receives the award based on his profound contributions in creating important theoretical and experimental tools that increase the understanding of the […]

2019-09-10, NEWS

120 researchers attended 3-day SciLifeLab RCP symposium

To facilitate internationally competitive, cutting-edge collaborative research across Sweden, SciLifeLab supports seven Research Community Programs (RCPs) – networks that connect researchers with each other and with the SciLifeLab infrastructure. On August 26-28 a 3-day RCP symposium ‘The Dynamics of Life’ took place at Djurönäset (Stockholm) and more than 120 researchers from 13 institutions attended the event. The symposium […]

2019-09-06, NEWS

Unique blood, brain and metabolism protein atlases launched

        Three new databases describing all proteins within human metabolism, blood and brain are now launched as part of The Human Protein Atlas – a SciLifeLab Research Community Program. The new open access atlases provide unique resources for the study of human biology and for researchers developing new treatments. Yesterday, on September 5, The […]

2019-09-05, PRESS

[Pressmeddelande] En atlas över människans hjärna och blod

Teamet bakom det svenska forskningsprojektet Human Protein Atlas lanserar idag övergripande karaktäriseringar av alla proteiner som förekommer i människans blodceller, olika delar av hjärnan och kroppens ämnesomsättning. Dessa tre nya delar har i syfte att öka förståelsen för människans molekylära byggstenar och att underlätta tillämpad forskning som syftar till bättre och effektivare medicinsk behandling i framtiden.

2019-09-05, NEWS

Cyanobacterium re-engineered to produce 1-butanol from CO2

Researchers from Uppsala University have successfully re-engineered Cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC 6803 to effectively produce 1-butanol and other chemicals from water and CO2. Cyanobacteria can be engineered to directly convert CO2 and water into biofuel and chemicals through photosynthesis. The efficiency and speed of the synthesis is still too low for industrial use, however.  In the […]

2019-09-05, NEWS

Effect of linked selection on genetic variation in plants

In a recent study, published in Ecology and evolution, researchers from SciLifeLab investigated the effect of linked selection on genetic diversity in two plant species, Arabidopsis lyrata and Capsella grandiflora. The results could help scientists understand the forces that shape genetic variation in natural populations. Mutations, genetic drift – random loss of alleles in small […]

2019-09-02, NEWS

New group of students to unique master’s program

Today, SciLifeLab welcomes new students to the master’s program Molecular Techniques in Life Science, a unique collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University. The program is to a large extent held at SciLifeLab in Solna. The two-year master’s program prepares students for a professional research career in life science, with […]

2019-08-29, NEWS

Shedding light on bacterial filamentation 

  In a recent study a group led by SciLifeLab Fellow Kristina Jonas (Stockholm University) sheds light on the molecular mechanisms and ecological relevance behind filamentation in the freshwater bacterium, Caulobacter crescentus. Bacteria are often depicted as rod or coccus shaped cells but come in a large variety of shapes and forms in nature. Many of […]

2019-08-28, NEWS

New technique for using exosomes as biomarkers 

There is a growing demand for biomarkers that can help detect diseases like cancer or neurodegenerative diseases at an early stage, as well as for follow-up treatments. Exosomes, a subclass of  membrane coated vesicles released from the cell through exocytosis, could be the next big step in the hunt.  Exosomes are important in a number […]

2019-08-28, NEWS

Protection against harmful mutations found in mushrooms 

According to a new study, facilitated by SciLifeLab’s National Genomics Infrastructure (NGI), certain mushroom species seem to accumulate surprisingly few mutations over time. This suggests a well developed protection against harmful mutations and the results could be important for future drug development.   In the study, published in the journal Current Biology, researchers from Uppsala University […]

2019-08-22, NEWS

Jennifer Doudna visits SciLifeLab

Today, biochemistry Professor Jennifer Doudna (UC Berkeley, USA) met with PhD-students and postdocs at SciLifeLab prior to speaking at the annual lecture in Structural Biology. Doudna’s lab is mostly known for their work on re-engineering the CRISPR–Cas9 system to provide an effective tool for gene editing.  The CRISPR-Cas9 system is originally an antiviral defense system found in prokaryotes. CRISPR […]

2019-08-22, NEWS

Bacteria translates blocked mRNA by using standby site

Bacterial ribosomes bind to mRNA on a specific binding site called ribosomal binding site (RBS). This process requires single stranded RNA since the structure of stable RNA blocks initiation. So how come stable mRNA is still translated in bacteria? To answer this, scientists from Uppsala University, among them SciLifeLab Fellow Sebastian Deindl, used an old hypothesis […]

2019-08-21, NEWS

SciLifeLab researcher Sten Linnarsson awarded SEK ten million for brain development research

Sten Linnarsson, researcher at SciLifeLab and professor of molecular systems biology at Karolinska Institutet, is studying the development of the human brain. Now, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is awarding him this year’s Torsten Söderberg Academy Professorial Chair in Medicine for his work on establishing a detailed map of the human brain. The grant […]