2018-03-14, NEWS

Sure Archaeopteryx could fly!

Was the Late Jurassic Archaeopteryx was a ground-living dinosaur or a flying bird? This question has fascinated paleontologists for decades. An international team of researchers, including Sophie Sanchez at Uppsala University/SciLifeLab, have now used synchrotron microtomography to answer this question without destroying the precious fossils. The results, published in Nature Communications, show that the wings […]

2018-03-13, NEWS

Video protocol of new enzyme-free nanoparticle biosensor technique available

The performance of biosensors, analytical devices that converts biological responses into electrical signals, can be improved by including nanoparticles as detection reagents. A recent paper by Jorge Dias (KTH) and several other researchers at SciLifeLab presents a novel method that circumvent previous limitations such as the need for high surface densities of nanoparticles to acquire […]

2018-03-13, NEWS

Genetic prehistory of Iberia differs from central and northern Europe

In a multidisciplinary study published in PNAS, an international team of researchers combined archaeological, genetic and stable isotope data to encapsulate 4000 years of Iberian biomolecular prehistory. The team examined of the remains of 13 human individuals from the north and south of Spain, including genome sequencing of a 7 245 year-old farmer performed by NGI Uppsala […]

2018-03-09, NEWS

Human Cell Atlas takes first steps to understand early human development

Researchers from the global Human Cell Atlas (HCA) Consortium have sequenced 250 000 cells involved in early human development and preliminary data analysis is now underway. The Swedish part of the effort, called the Human Developmental Cell Atlas (HDCA) program, includes researchers from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm University and KTH, focusing on brain, lung, heart and fetal development during the first 12 […]

2018-03-02, NEWS

Promising therapeutic approach for spinal cord injuries

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet report in Cell that they have found an important mechanism that explains the limited healing ability of the central nervous system, resulting in permanent functional deficits efter injury. Using the new knowledge, Christian Göritz at Karolinska Institutet and colleagues could improve functional recovery following spinal cord injury in mice. The study was enabled […]

2018-02-28, NEWS

The Svedberg Prize to Lynn Kamerlin

Lynn Kamerlin, Uppsala university/SciLifeLab, is awarded The Svedberg Prize 2018 for her innovative studies of enzyme reactions where she combines a broad spectrum of theoretical, physical and organochemical methods to understand the chemistry of complex enzyme mechanisms. The prize is awarded a distinguished researcher within biochemistry or molecular biology. The awardee should be under 40 years of […]

2018-02-26, NEWS

Stem cell mutations drive muscle ageing

The decline in skeletal muscle function associated with human ageing can be ascribed to an increasing number of mutations in satellite cells – the resident stem cells of skeletal muscle. This is demonstrated in a novel study led by Karolinska Institutet researcher Maria Eriksson and facilitated by the National Genomics Infrastructure (NGI) and the National […]

2018-02-26, NEWS

Gunnar von Heijne receives The Novozymes Prize

The 2018 Novozymes Prize has been awarded to Gunnar von Heijne, Stockholm University/SciLifeLab, for his scientific breakthroughs in studies of membrane proteins. He receives a sum corresponding to SEK 4 million. The Novozymes Prize aims to raise awareness of basic and applied biotechnology research and is awarded to recognize outstanding research or technology contributions that benefit the development […]

2018-02-23, NEWS

Genes involved in oyster shell formation identified

A novel paper by Pierre De Wit from the University of Gothenburg reveals 37 genes correlated with shell formation in the early development of Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas). The study, enabled by the National Genomics Infrastructure (NGI) and National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden (NBIS) of SciLifeLab, utilized a RNA-Seq approach to map the process where unprotected oyster embryos […]

2018-02-23, NEWS

Bioinformatics blog – call for contributions

The SciLifeLab bioinformatics platform, NBIS, recently launched a blog and are now welcoming you to contribute to it. The aim is to create a good environment to write, share and discuss bioinformatics from different perspectives. It doesn’t matter if you are beginning your journey with bioinformatics, or if you are an established bioinformatician. It doesn’t matter […]

2018-02-22, NEWS

Call for Technology Development Projects open

SciLifeLab is pleased to open a call for Technology Development Projects (TDP) to empower development and optimization of technologies. “The purpose of the TDPs is to help SciLifeLab national infrastructure facilities offer improved and new services to their customers and to keep the SciLifeLab infrastructure profile at the cutting-edge.” Says Annika Jenmalm Jensen, Infrastructure Director at SciLifeLab. […]

2018-02-19, NEWS

Human fatty liver disease eased by carbohydrate-restricted diet

Reduced carbohydrate intake results in fast and sizeable reductions of liver fat and other cardiometabolic risk factors in individuals suffering from obesity and fatty liver disease. This is shown in a new paper by Adil Mardinoglu (KTH/SciLifeLab) and colleagues, enabled by the SciLifeLab Clinical Biomarkers facility. In the ten patients subjected to a restricted diet […]