2017-11-22, NEWS

Bioconda – a community resource for bioinformatics software installation

The myriad of bioinformatics software opens great possibilities for biological and biomedical research, but with many programs and dependencies, software installations and updates often put a significant burden on Life Science researchers. Bioconda ( is an emerging public resource, aiming to make software installations easier and analyses more reproducible. In order to promote reproducible research and to […]

2017-11-17, NEWS

Dog owners at lower risk of dying prematurely

A study using Swedish national registries of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 shows that dog owners had a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or to other causes. The results may be explained by a higher level of physical activity among dog owners or effects of the dogs’ microbial flora on […]

2017-11-16, NEWS

NUDIX hydrolases may be used as biomarkers and novel drug targets of human diseases

A new study exploring the NUDIX hydrolases in human cells provides attractive opportunities for expanding the use of this enzyme family as biomarkers and potential novel drug targets. The NUDIX enzymes are involved in several cellular processes, yet their biological role has remained largely unclear. A highly collaborative study led by Professor Thomas Helleday (Karolinska […]

2017-11-15, NEWS

Mapping antibody mutations in humans provide new opportunities for creating therapeutic antibodies

Data from a new study on how antibodies are developed in humans can be utilized to improve the development of therapeutic antibodies for treating human diseases. Antibodies are key effector molecules in health and disease as they harbor the ability to recognize specific molecular structures and, consequently, elicit immune responses. The demand for and use […]

2017-11-13, NEWS

Breastfeeding does not protect children against asthma and allergies

The effect of breastfeeding on the risk of developing asthma and allergy has been debated for a long time. A new study led by Åsa Johansson (Uppsala University/SciLifeLab) show that breastfeeding might in fact increase the risk of developing hay fever and eczema, while not having any clear effect on the risk of asthma. Your risk of […]

2017-11-03, NEWS

Male mammoths were more prone to falling into natural death traps

  When researchers sequenced DNA from nearly a hundred woolly mammoth specimens using genomics service of SciLifeLab, they discovered that the majority of samples came from males. The explanation could be the risky behavior of male mammoths. A novel study led by Love Dalén from the Swedish Museum of Natural History has uncovered that out […]