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
The thing that got me into molecular biology was genetics. In high school I was amazed by the fact that the tiny pieces of DNA in our cells controlled nearly all aspects of an organism. The fact that we could manipulate the DNA sequence and thus manipulate life was a big reason to study molecular… Read More Life is not all about genetics
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?
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
”In a world, where science entertains… Meet Dr Multitask, a (re)searcher, balancing on the edge of academic and beyond, teaching AND learning valuable lessons about life, science and human existence…” Imagine this world, designed as an amusement park, with a purpose to both educate and entertain – the name is: SCI-WORLD. This spring, a job… Read More SCI-WORLD
”You don’t look like a scientist” – a colleague said to me once, after I decided to come to work dressed a bit more unconventionally. I thought it was high praise, and one of the best compliments a scientist, in fact, can get. The same evening, a drunk shouted at me on the street: ”Who… Read More The Real X-Men
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