Elsevier, Open Access, and the support Stockholm University provides

Stockholm University (SU) no longer have access to publications from Elsevier. According to SU, the amount of money Elsevier demanded reached an unsustainable level. It will of course be annoying not to have instant access to the latest publications, but I fully support SUs decision (or actually the Swedish libraries, including Stockholm University). Our deal…

Summertime is visitortime

Science is fun on so many levels. One is that it brings people together, people that would not meet otherwise. And actually, a wise table-tennis coach (Nisse Sandberg) once told me that the best peace-work is to get people from different parts of the world to know each other personally. These days we have visitors…

Who is the father?

”READ values suggests that the older woman in this grave is related to the infant in this grave on a second-degree basis. Given the mitochondria and the datings it must be a grandma – grandson relation.”. Maja and David have spent a few days in Poznan with Anna Juras and Maciej Chyleński, working on the…

Liquorish and teenagers

When we started the ATLAS-work, there were a few specific studies we had in mind, and we also expected more to emerge as we went along. But there are two that has been with us more or less since we started. And that has consumed much attention. The study on mesolithics in Scandinavia was one…

Life without palaeo-eskimos

Studies come and go. And then there are some that stays for a longer time. And sometimes there is a case of one that has been with you for a very long time. For me this is the palaeo-eskimos. They have been with me since I started in this field. And strangely, since I sampled…

Nature and the new laboratories

Much of the end of last week came to focus on the Centre for Palaeogenetics (CPG), the new aDNA facility we are building in Stockholm. The contract was signed and it caught some attention in the social medias. But interestingly, Nature had a news flash on the positives of joining a new laboratory about the…

CPG, the Centre for Palaeogenetics

In 1993 I was trying to squeeze DNA out of some bones from a neolithic passage-grave on the Baltic island Öland. It was not the first time it was attempted to get DNA from prehistoric material in Sweden, not even the second time (both Svante Pääbo and Per Persson had worked with ancient DNA in…

More work on the course

Wednesdays are good days to spend in Office 2. Actually, most days are good days both for Office 1 and Office 2. But today I had scheduled for Office 2 and some course work. And although we ended up working on other pressing issues, we did at least get a little bit of course-work done….

”But we had to start it somewhere, So it started there”

The Siberian material has been with us for some time now. Natalya Kashuba started to meet up with friends and colleagues in 2012, and this is our first study that is coming out from that material. It has mainly been Gulsah Merve Kilinc and Natalya Kashuba, strongly supported by Jan Storå, who has been driving…

Right in-between archaeology and genetics

The 22nd of May 2018 was a day that collected most of the people interested in archaeogenetics in Lake Mälaren Valley. Magdalena Fraser defended her thesis “People of the dolmens and stone cists”, and Per Persson was the faculty opponent. Magdalena and Per are two researchers who are as in the middle between Genetics and…

The peculiar case of Achilles and the tortoise

Some 2400 years ago Zeno described the problems Achilles had to outrun a tortoise. Since the tortoise was slower than Achilles it was allowed a 100m head start. And when Achilles had reach 100m, the tortoise had run 10m, and when Achilles had reached 110m, the tortoise had run 11m (thus, still one meter ahead…

Outside the box

Numerous were the nights I spent with beer and a fellow researcher on a pub somewhere in the world, talking about different angles of science and research and odd ideas. From when I started my Ph.D. and it is still happening (as in last night after the CL finals for example). There is a trail…