The human brain has this funny old habit of creating “us” and “them”. It is easier for our understanding and emotional stability if we believe that another group is markedly different to us; yano, celebrities are completely different to me and therefore I can hold them up to unrealistic heights, or write mean things on the Internet… Read More Lets talk; Cancer.
‘Eating lettuce is over three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon’ states the author of the ScienceDaily blog based on the paper published in the journal of Environment Systems and Decisions at the end of November. This provocative statement caused some uproar among my acquaintances in the past week. This motivated me to… Read More Choosing the lesser of two evils – lessons learned from comparing bacon and lettuce.
After almost half a year of planning and coordinating, finally The PhD Movie 2 was successfully screened at Karolinska Institutet Solna campus. The movie is an adaptation from the well-known web comic strip: Piled Higher and Deeper (aka. PhD Comics). More than 200 people came to the event, including undergraduates, PhD students, postdocs, and some… Read More The PhD Movie 2 at Karolinska Institutet
If you want to get your paper cited, give it a short title! This is a conclusion from a paper published last week in Royal Society of Open Science.
Hi there! Let´s continue with the epigenetics topic. In part 1, I introduced you to epigenetics and I told you how amazed I was when I first heard about it during my undergrad years. Up until that point, I had always thought that genetics controlled every aspect of an organism. But during the early years… Read More Life is not all about genetics – part 2
While I was going through my social media channels, I came across a research article titled Antibacterial activity of silver-killed bacteria: the “zombies” effect. Because this was the first time I had ever seen a research article containing the word “zombies” in it, I was quite curious to read what the article was about. The… Read More The zombies are finally here!
Part 1 1. Kenny – Fruit flies lacking this gene dies after two days. This is a reference to the South Park character Kenny McCormic who dies in various ways at the end of each episode. 2. Maggie – Fruit flies with a mutated Maggie gene results in arrested development, like Maggie Simpsons from the cartoon series The… Read More Ten funny gene names – part 2
In a recent study published in Genome Biology, scientists at University of Cambridge showed that the human genome is not fully human. The scientists studied the genome of forty species, of which ten were primates, including humans. In the study they identified 145 “foreign” genes in the human genome that have its origins from other… Read More We are not fully human
On the 5-6th of March I attended the annual Frontiers in Cancer Research & Therapy conference at the Nobel Forum, Karolinska Institutet. This is a conference organized by people at my department. Though I’ve been working at KI for several years, this was the first time I attended this conference because I’ve previously been extremely busy. This… Read More Frontiers in Cancer Research & Therapy
As a biomedical researcher I do things at work that would make a lot of people raise their eyebrows. To make an antibiotic resistant bacterium for example takes less than 24 hours. Clone a gene? No problem, I can do that as well! Or what about manipulating the behaviour of human cells? Easy, takes only a few days.… Read More Scientific literacy – why is it important and how do we increase it?