Press - 2013
SciLifeLab chosen for large EU-project to improve Baltic Sea health
In November, the first seven projects in the EU research program BONUS for viable ecosystems in the Baltic Sea were selected. One of them is BLUEPRINT, which aims at developing a genetic tool for environmental monitoring of the sea. All the DNA sequencing performed in the project will be carried out at SciLifeLab.
Variety of genetic risk factors behind bone cancer in dogs
Bone cancer in dogs is affected by a variety of genetic risk factors. SciLifeLab researchers from Uppsala University show this in a new study published in Genome Biology.
The Human Protein Atlas reaches a major milestone
The Human Protein Atlas has reached a major milestone by releasing protein data for more than 80% of the human protein-coding genes and RNA expression data for more than 90% of the genes. The normal tissue atlas now provide a distribution map of both protein and gene expression.
Winners of Science & SciLifeLab Prize announced
Bats Illuminate Ways to Control and Prevent Disease – Research Earns International Prize for Young Scientists. For his novel research using viral infections in bats to help answer questions about how infectious diseases jump between species, Daniel G. Streicker has been named the 2013 Grand Prize winner of the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists.
SciLifeLab upgrades four additional platforms to national status
SciLifeLab has previously offered national service within the five areas Bioinformatics, Chemical biology, Drug Discovery and Development, Genomics, and Structural Biology. On October 29, SciLifeLab increased the offer of services, technologies and competence on a national basis to include the areas Affinity Proteomics, Bioimaging, Clinical Diagnostics and Functional Genomics, adding up to nine national platforms in total.
New method reads the genetic code directly in tumour tissue
Accurate diagnostic tests are crucial when choosing the right treatment regime for cancer patients. This is why scientists from Stockholm University and Uppsala University continuously work on improving methods for analysing cancer tissues. For the first time, it is now possible to read the genetic code of individual cancer cells in their original location in the tissue. The results are published in Nature Methods.
The Norway spruce genome sequenced
Swedish scientists have mapped the gene sequence of Norway spruce (the Christmas tree) – a species with huge economic and ecological importance – and that is the largest genome to have ever been mapped. The genome is complex and seven times larger than that of humans. The results have been published in the prestigious journal Nature.
Version 11.0 release of the Human Protein Atlas
Today the latest version of the Human Protein Atlas was released. A mile-stone has been achieved with data for 75% of the human protein-coding genes and protein evidence for all human genes predicted from the genome sequence.
Mattias Jakobsson has received Tage Erlander’s prize for natural science and technology (biology)
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Ability to digest human foods important in domestication of dogs
Press release from Uppsala University: Scientists at SciLifeLab Uppsala and the Broad Institute show, in a study published in Nature today, that the genome of dogs and wolves differ in some important ways. There are crucial differences in genes underlying brain development and function, but also an adaptation of the digestive system to more resemble that of humans.
The Human Protein Atlas becomes pilot project in building the largest European research infrastructure for biological information
The Human Protein Atlas is one of five pilot projects selected for the construction phase of the European research infrastructure for biological information (ELIXIR). SciLifeLab hosting parts the Human Protein Atlas program will be collaborating with the ELIXIR coordinator EMBL-EBI in exploring possibilities to link the data held in the Human Protein Atlas with other data resources.
Learning the alphabet of gene control
Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have made a large step towards the understanding of how human genes are regulated. In a new study, published in the journal Cell, they identified the DNA sequences that bind to over four hundred proteins that control expression of genes. This knowledge is required to understand how differences in genomes of individuals affect their risk to develop disease.
International study suggests human genes influence gut microbial composition
New research led by the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and the University of Glasgow, Scotland, has identified a link between a human gene and the composition of human gastrointestinal bacteria. In a study published as a letter to the journal Gut, the team outline new evidence suggesting that the human genome may play a role in determining the makeup of the billions of microbes in the human gastrointestinal tract collectively known as the gut microbiota.