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2019-11-22, NEWS

High-flying Zibo Chen awarded for engineered proteins

Flight enthusiast Zibo Chen (California Institute of Technology) is awarded the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for his designed proteins, but is nowhere close to stopping there – the goal is to customize every single component of life. Engineering cells to perform tasks can be used in biotechnology and medicine, by for example engineering bacteria to […]

2019-11-22, NEWS

Humsa Venkatesh is awarded for pushing cancer research boundaries

Humsa Venkatesh (Stanford University) is awarded the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for her research on the electrical properties of cancer cells – now she hopes to bring young researchers into this novel field. The endeavour of understanding the role of the nervous system in cancer development has only just begun. To date, research has focused […]

2019-11-22, NEWS

Barbara Klump awarded for animal behavior research

Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists’ Ecology and Environment category winner Barbara Klump (Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior) explores environmental factors’ influence on animal behavior, and like the New Caledonian crow, she uses hooks of her own when stepping out of the office. Barbara Klump, PhD at the University of St. Andrews and […]

2019-11-22, NEWS

Design buff Longzhi Tan awarded the Grand Prize for chromatin research

When Longzhi Tan (Stanford University) does not increase the resolution of viewing chromatin within cell nuclei, for which he is now awarded the Grand Prize of the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists, he designs everything from music videos to holiday cards. The Hi-C method analyzes the spatial distribution of chromatin within a cell […]

2019-11-22, NEWS

Research Reveals Three-Dimensional Genome Structure of a Single Cell

At a time when senior and well-known researchers are celebrated at this year’s Nobel Prize award, SciLifeLab, together with the internationally renowned journal Science, chooses to globally highlight and encourage prominent young life science researchers. In the second week of December, it is time for the annual Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists to […]

2019-11-22, PRESS

Pressmeddelande: Forskning avslöjar den tredimensionella genstrukturen hos enskilda celler

I en tid då många riktar sina blickar mot årets nobelprisutdelning och hyllandet av seniora och välkända forskare väljer SciLifeLab att, tillsammans med den internationellt välkända tidskriften Science, globalt uppmärksamma framstående unga life science-forskare i början av deras karriärer. Under den andra veckan i december är det dags för utmärkelsen Science & SciLifeLab Prize for […]

2019-11-21, NEWS

Loss of the Y-chromosome leads to genetic instability

In an international collaboration published in Nature, SciLifeLab researchers have demonstrated that the loss of the Y-chromosome in blood can lead to an increased risk of cancer in other parts of the body. For this reason, the Y-chromosome can be used as an indicator for genetic instability.  It is generally known that men have one […]

2019-11-19, NEWS

New technique enables fine mapping of closely related cells in situ

SciLifeLab researchers have developed a new technique called “Probabilistic cell typing by in situ sequencing” or pciSeq. The new technique can identify cell types as well as determine their spatial location in a much more efficient way than previous methods. The global project “Human cell Atlas” has reached a point where it is now possible […]

2019-11-19, NEWS

Structure of a mitochondrial ATP synthase

SciLifeLab researchers Alexander Mühleip (Stockholm University) and Alexey Amunts (Stockholm University) solved the structure of a mitochondrial ATP synthase with native lipids. ATP synthase is a universal molecular machine for energy conversion. By coupling to cellular respiration in mitochondria, it catalyzes conversion of chemical energy of cells. Mitochondrial ATP synthase is composed of dimers that, when […]

2019-11-13, NEWS

New genetic analysis tools improve diagnosis of intellectual disability

Enabled by the SciLifeLab Clinical Genomics facility, researchers have developed new whole-genome sequencing analytical tools capable of diagnosing intellectual disabilities more accurately than previous methods. The new tools will now be introduced for first-line clinical diagnosis at the Karolinska University Laboratory. “Recent technical leaps in genetic diagnostics have revealed many new genetic aberrations that cause […]

2019-11-13, NEWS

Amunts and Brodin selected as EMBO Young Investigators

SciLifeLab scientists, Alexey Amunts (Stockholm University), Coordinating PI of the SciLifeLab Research Community Program Biology of Molecular Interactions, and Petter Brodin (Karolinska Institutet), head of the SciLifeLab Mass Cytometry facility, have been selected as EMBO Young Investigators. The prestigious four-year program identifies some of Europe’s promising young researchers and provides academic, practical and financial support to […]

2019-11-11, NEWS

Designer enzymes for degradation of synthetic plastics 

SciLifeLab researchers have developed new designer enzymes capable of breaking down synthetic plastic oligomers with tough backbones. This is a huge first step in dealing with the 7.5 billion tons of plastic that still remains unrecycled.   The plastic problem has emerged as one of the most pressing challenges that our society is facing today. For […]

2019-11-07, NEWS

Robotic production of 3D microtissue for screening and precision medicine

Scientists at SciLifeLab are using robots to produce thousands of 3D microtissues, also known as cell spheroids – in tiny droplets containing a fixed number of cells – to test drug candidates or personalized drug combinations in miniaturized versions of the targeted human tissue. Microtissue testing could also reduce the need for animal testing in […]

2019-11-06, NEWS

SciLifeLab management visits Chalmers University of Technology

On November 5, the SciLifeLab management visited Chalmers University of Technology as part of a larger tour, where the SciLifeLab management group will meet with non-host universities. The visit started off with a meeting with the Chalmers leadership which was followed by a meeting with facilities and scientists in the bioinformatics and metabolomics fields. During the […]

2019-11-06, NEWS

Sarahi Garcia – researching microbial interactions against all odds

Despite growing up in one of the least advantageous places for pursuing a research career, Sarahi Garcia has gone from a path of religious mission, with no scientific aspirations, to becoming a SciLifeLab Fellow with the goal of solving environmental problems. A lot of bacteria cannot biosynthesize everything they need, or detoxify their environment from […]

2019-11-04, NEWS

SciLifeLab Cryo-EM training project travels to South Korea

Within the frame of joint development of bilateral projects between Sweden and South Korea, SciLifeLab scientists from the labs of Alexey Amunts and Erik Lindahl, as well as the cryo-EM facility, trained over 200 students and postdocs in four Universities in South Korea.  The training workshops included 40 hours of lectures and practical work in […]

2019-10-30, NEWS

Shedding light on the Bantu migration

Facilitated by the SciLifeLab NGI, researchers from Portugal, Sweden, Germany and Mozambique discovered the first genetic evidence of a rapid north-south dispersal of Bantu people along the Indian Ocean Coast, which was earlier suggested based on the geographic location of previous archaeological findings. The Bantu expansion started in west central Africa around 5,000 years ago […]

2019-10-29, NEWS

SciLifeLab proposal to research bill: frontline research infrastructure is critical to make Swedish life science world-leading

Sweden has significant potential to fulfill the government’s ambitions of becoming a leading life science nation. However, in light of global competition and massive life science investments being made abroad, it is critical that Swedish researchers have access to the latest infrastructure needed to perform cutting-edge research. The ambitions of the national life science strategy […]

2019-10-28, NEWS

Earliest known tetrapod probably never left the water

An international team, led by Per Ahlberg (SciLifeLab/UU), has found evidence suggesting that the earliest tetrapods – the group of animals that made the evolutionary transition from water to land – might never have left the water. The first tetrapods evolved from fish and lived between 360-390 million years ago during the Devonian period. So […]