When it comes to important scientific discoveries, there isn’t any lack of it. However, not all discoveries reach the public eye, partly because they lack media penetration. In other words they are not interesting enough. The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for their discovery of the Higgs… Read More Cool scientific discoveries: Jumping genes
Having studied and worked as a molecular biologist for many years I’ve come a cross many genes and proteins with funny names. Here is a list of ten of them. Many of the genes listed are a reference to movies, books and games. 1. Tinman – Fruit flies with a mutated Tinman gene does not grow a… Read More Ten funny gene names
In this post I will focus on some of the mechanisms that turn normal cells into cancer cells and why they are bad for us. As you might already know cells can divide, one cell divides into two cells, two cells into four cells etc. Every time a cell divides, all its contents are copied… Read More What is a cell and what makes it cancerous? Part 2
As a cancer researcher I often get questions like, “how does a healthy cell become cancerous?” and “why are cancer cells bad for us?” These are valid questions that I would like to address. But before I try to answer these questions, I would like to give you a brief introduction to the human cell.… Read More What is a cell and what makes it cancerous? Part 1
When it comes to traveling, there are three places/experiences that are high up on my list: South American rain forest, visit an African tribe and North Korea. During my most recent travels I didn’t do any of these things. However I got close, at least regarding North Korea. This time I went to Seoul in… Read More A trip to the Korean demilitarized zone
Hej, This is my first post in a while. I’ve been absent from this blog and social media in general because I’ve been completely occupied with writing my doctoral thesis and preparing for my actual PhD defense that took place on October 24th. Now, a month later, I am very relieved that I survived the… Read More A trip “home”
It’s summer and the semester is over, but that doesn’t mean that science and research takes a break. So I thought it would be a good idea to devote this post to the exciting world of cancer and cancer research. But what is cancer? What kind of disease is that? Cancer is actually not a… Read More Cancer research, what’s that?
I didn’t plan to write a follow up post to my previous blog post about scientist and social media this soon. But earlier this month the editor-in-chief of the Swedish newspaper Göterborgs-Tidningen and columnist at Expressen, Frida Boisen, wrote a column about this topic and I felt that I needed to mention this. The title… Read More Scientists + Social Media = True – part 1.5
Last Saturday I decided to be cultural by visiting the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities (Östasiatiska museet). The museum is located at the beautiful Skeppsholmen in Stockholm and as the name implies the focus of the museum is on East Asia. I thought that it would be a good time to visit the museum because… Read More Kingdom of Characters – a trip to The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities
Hej, Today is 1st of May, also known as Labour Day. 1st of May is a non-working day for most people in Sweden, but since I’m such a hardworking person I’m spending my Labour Day in the lab trying to deal with this thing we call cancer. Fortunately I’m not alone in the lab. One… Read More Last week of April was great!