Nostalgia

Swedish midsummer brings a lot of feelings, and sometimes some nostalgia. So where does it take us, nostalgia? Perhaps to a laboratory in Uppsala some 10 years ago or so. Where I was loading a minigel with some 20 PCR products. After having extracted DNA from some freaking ancient domesticates (cause back in those days…

Challenges of cross-disciplinary work

Cross-disciplinary science does present a number of challenges. But it is also very rewarding. It is often in-between established sciences one finds solution to problems that have been complicated to address previously, or even completely new and super-interesting problems to work with. Much of today was dedicated to preparing a re-submission of one of our…

Group-size and output

My good friend Love just provided me with a paper by Cook, Grange, and Eyre-Walker. About group-size and productivity. They have played around with group-sizes, different types of group-members, and different types of output. And they have some good data to work with, and do good statistics. A good paper it seems to me. Part…

Another writing session

A new two-day writing session. This time closer to home, in Uppsala. These events have their own qualities, and I am always amazed by them. The force from the creativity and concentration by a small groups of researchers locked up in one room is enough to turn data and analytical results into a first manuscript-draft,…

Summer is the time for visitors

What do you do when you have an ever increasing amount of material and data, and the work-force are loaded with projects already? You invite guest-researchers! And then it is all about selling the material and datasets to them. This usually works better if the name of the site is full of X and Z…

Footballers and peer-reviewers

Cristiano Ronaldo is an amazing footballer, so is Messi, and Zlatan and Müller too for that sake. But they are all but bleak shadows of Diego Maradona. The little Argentinian were able to do things that no one have been able to do before or after him. Nevertheless, I would not defend that divine hand,…

Georgia, where so much began

Georgia is good for many things, including wine and history. And archaeogenetics of course. Archaeogenetics takes you around the globe. And Georgia has a geographical location somewhere in-between Europe and Asiat that makes it a demographic hot-spot. Humans have been coming here since they left Africa, and it is no coincidence that the oldest human…

“The graph on the wall tells the story of it all”

Meetings is an an interesting issue. Getting people together and focus on something is usually quit productive. We have a lot of those. War-rooms when we spend a day working on a specific data-set, journal clubs when we get together to examine a published paper, the ATLAS-days, methods-days when we spend a day going over…

Whisky and collaboration

Collaborations are like whisky, there are many worth trying, and quit a few of them will reward you if you do. The better once you will get back to every now and then, but in the end you will find that only a few will keep popping up on your table quit frequently. For us,…

Honey and DNA

Gotland is a really nice place if you want to spend a day at the beach, keep a bee culture and make honey (they make some really good honey on Gotland), participate in a medieval festival, or if you want to do archaeogenetics. This little island has yielded ancient DNA for a number of decently…

Next generation

As we seniors are getting closer to the category veterans, there are juveniles moving up to seniors. The generation behind us that will one day be us, when we are leaving the stage. And we hope that the coming generation is good, and ready to push even further. Yesterday Hans Ahlgren gave us a glimpse…

For the love of your blue blue eyes

Eye-colour is a genetic trait, inherited variation. It may be used together with other genetic traits for population-genetic calculations, it may also tell us something about selection over time. And, if genetically retrieved, what someone looked like. It is one genetic trait (or actually, a few), with its own history, and its own demography, and…