Scientists do science. Artists make art. Writers write. Right? You cannot get scientific credit without the long slog through a lengthy education, and dodging the daily struggles of academia. Or can you? What happens when contributions come from an “outsider”? What makes a scientist? And who decides?… Read More What makes a Scientist?
It’s dusk in the city. Between towering grey blocks there is a tiny rat, darting from pillar to post, constantly looking for the next place to hide from the big scary world out there. Crawling with predators and enemies, and probably a few humans who are just plain scared of her (and she’s had enough… Read More Love Drunk Rats
After the 17th failed experiment in a row, sometimes it takes particular conscious effort on my part to remind myself that I do love science, even if the object of my affection seems colder and less reciprocating than the harsh Nordic winter winds. On “PhD-crawling-through” periods such as these there are some things I try to… Read More Christmas-Science-Jumper love
Article published in Medicor 2016 #3, Medicinska Föreningens magazine. As the sunlight fades from our Swedish world very quickly, I take a look at the nature of our relationship with the sun, and the potential danger Scandinavian style sun worshipping habits may hold.. As I sit here, a few weeks after my south-east Asian vacation,… Read More Sizzle; The Science of Sunburn
KI Bladet interviewed two of our bloggers about their persective of KI and advice to new term students … Read More Getting to know KI; Tips to new students
Hello!! Blog posts are minimal from me right now because I am currently deep inside my half-time writing cave. When I am on the other side of it, I promise I will write a post explaining the half-time control procedure here at Karolinska institutet, and what is required and why. But for now, I must… Read More Status; Stuck in a Half-Time Writing Cave.
One of the great things about working at Karolinska Institutet is that its fame and medical specialisation ensure ever-present opportunities to hear great talks by major advancers in all fields of medical science. A little while ago I was able to attend a talk by one of the first names a young eager cancer… Read More Portrait of the Enemy; Hanahan & Weinbergs Cancer Contribution
Article first published in Medicor Magazine 2016 Issue #1 (Medicinska Föreningen’s popular science magazine). As such, you may notice the writing is a little longer and more medical-student directed than my usual popular science posts on this blog, but please do take the opportunity to fire any questions or comments my way if anything needs further… Read More HeLa; The Cells that Changed the World
“Hey, what do you do?” “Ugggghhhhh…..” I think I answer this question differently every single time I’m asked. I sit under a thousand umbrella terms that all mean something slightly different or overlapping, and give off impressions or ideas to different people, that is not always clear to me, nor them. “Im a…..scientist, a PhD… Read More My Apology Letter to the Science Overlords
Evolution has come up with a pretty nifty trick to control cancer development in larger animals, by stocking up on important genes. Okay, get your pencil out; There are an estimated 37.2 trillion cells in the human body, each cell will divide approximately 50-70 times in its lifetime, and each time must… Read More Lucky old Dumbo! Elephants and their cancer resistance