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From NWD12: Getting rigorous about genes vs. the environment

The afternoon sessions at the Nobel Week Dialog covered a lot of ground, which was inevitable if you put six extremely smart people on the stage, give them a topic, and set them loose. Although there’s no way to possibly summarize the full conversation, it is possible to pull out some important themes that the […]

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From NWD12: Arv och miljö – en paneldebatt

Det är kul att sitta och lyssna på en paneldebatt när det hettar till. ”Termen epigenetik används för strunt”, säger den alltid lika kontroversielle James D. Watson, ” många som använder den vet inte vad de talar om. Redan för 50 år sedan visste vi att miljön påverkar gener, men att börja prata om Lamarckism […]

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From NWD12: Will the genomic revolution produce a second Renaissance?

Given the number of famous scientists around, it’s easy to forget that the full title of the Nobel Week Dialog includes the phrase “impact on society.” But Helga Nowotny, the President of the European Research Council, was on hand to provide a remedy. Nowotny is a social scientist, and she spends a lot of time […]

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From NWD12: Svante Pääbo pratade om din historia

Vi är en afrikansk art. Det finns mest genetisk variation hos dagens människor i Afrika och delar av den variationen finns bara där. Grupper av människor började ta sig ut från Afrika för ungefär 100 000 år sedan. Men fundera ett tag på det här: när människan spred sig över världen fanns det fler arter […]

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From NWD12: An interview with Watson and Crick by Horace Judson

The historian and journalist Horace Freeland Judson who died last year will remain a man envied by many. His book “The Eighth Day of Creation” stands as the definitive history of molecular biology, and it’s unlikely to ever be surpassed. But the volume is not just comprehensive history; it provides a wholly unique window into […]

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Eric Lander och genomet

Hur ska man berätta om ärftlighet? Eric Lander  pratade om den fantastiska utveckling som genetiken gått igenom de senaste femtio åren efter upptäckten av dnaspiralens struktur. Det fick mig att börja tänka på hur dagens kunskap om ärftlighet gör att vi kan vända på perspektiven. Så vad vet vi idag? Vi vet att projektet att […]

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Eric Lander: how biology entered the information age

Eric Lander was one of the leaders of the effort to sequence the human genome, and has continued to work on various follow on projects through his involvement with the Broad Institute, a leading sequencing center. So, he makes an excellent choice to provide some perspective about how the growing availability of genomes has driven […]

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Craig Mello – The role of RNA in evolution

Human genome data would be very difficult to mine unless you had something like RNAi according to Nobel Laureate Craig Mello. He spoke me about his insights into RNAi, new research and what we have yet to discover. This will be the first time that Prof Craig Mello will visit Stockholm during Nobel Week since […]

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Vad är epigenetik?

”Det sitter i generna” brukar man säga, men är det generna som styr? Det beror på vad man menar med ”gener” och vad man menar med ”styr”. 1984 gjordes en upptäckt som öppnade dörren till en ny och mer komplex bild av hur organismer gör sig själva, en upptäckt som fördröjts av ett självmord 58 […]

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The Third Age of Molecular Biology

The old Chinese saying exhorted us to live in “interesting times”. Since Darwin finished his great work in 1859, no other time has been as interesting for biology’s relevance to humanity as the current landscape in molecular biology and medicine. We like to think that the golden age of biology passed with the discovery of […]

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