These are crazy days

So, what is going on in Stockholm? It is crazy times right now. But that is good. I was mentioning previously that we submitted a lot, and that is coming back to haunt us now. Some gets accepted, and that is nice. It still brings some work with it, but that is good work. Fun…

The greenhouse effect

Major programs, such as our ATLAS one, are usually followed up by the funding organisation during the lifetime of the program. There is a little bit of work to prepare for such follow up (a report and a hearing in this case), but it is usually fun work. We have already turned our report in,…

“She took a naked sword and fought for her kinsmen’s lives”

Today we publish a paper in AJPA which I have enjoyed much being a part of. It is not about a major demographic movement across a continent, and it does not contain fancy super-advanced genomics, but I think it is just as interesting and important as if it had. It is about the sex identification…

Ancient DNA with class

I have always thought we have a rather nice laboratory in Stockholm. A red brick-building with trees and vegetation at the entrance. Green and summery at the warmer months of the year. And there has been some cool people who worked at Stockholm University. Maybe we did not have any world-leaders in our laboratory-building, but…

Kicking off the autumn with some rhubarbs

Today we had the first lab meeting fort the semester. One good thing about it is that it happened, and it is likely to happen again. The reason? I´m not the one calling the lab meetings any more, Vendela is. Vendela Kempe Lagerholm is, together with Robert George, the new members of the group. I…

When half a year from now becomes next month

Say that someone asks you if you can go to the other side of the continent and do something work-related next month. You don´t even have to look in your calendar, next month is one of those month when you have too much to do even to go to the grocery-store. A crazy month. Actually,…

Archaeologization

With several studies submitted and out of the way (for the moment), there is room for new studies. At least till the submitted studies comes back and calls for additional analyses and more formatting work. Why Anna, Torun, and Maja called for a small war-room today. Some of our Iron-age stuff that we have been…

BBQs and submissions

Late summer 2016. Vacations are over and the sequencing facility was running at full force again. Our libraries were lining up. At that moment we were participating in one mitochondrial manuscript with another laboratory, but apart from that nothing much had reached the manuscript-stage. It had now been close to two years we had been…

Former Ph.D. students

I spent the morning chatting with a PI on another continent that was once my Ph.D. student. This former student of mine is now setting up an aDNA facility, and is planning for future work as well as for ongoing projects. All of these plans are naturally organised to support the new team, but I…

Marie Curie days

These are application-times again. Now for the EU financed Marie Curie postdocs. Those have been around for a while in different shapes and versions. I applied for mine back in 2000, but back in those days they were not as good as they are now. I remember being granted both my MC application, and a…

While the cat’s away

So, full activity in June, to get as much as possible done before vacation. Submissions for sequencing, writing manuscripts, preparing for autumn-journeys, everything. And then four weeks of vacation. I did pop in a few times when I was in town, hard to leave it all alone. Cause much of the rest of the group…