A good war room

The war rooms are among the best parts of the research process. The data is since long frozen, most of the analyses are done, and the people most involved spend half a working day discussing and interpreting the data. It is an intellectually fun and exciting event, and the end and the final product of…

Twitter and NYT

This weekend brought with it a twitter-storm of a magnitude of at least 8 on the Richter scale due to the NYT paper. And rightfully. There are some points to reflect upon in there, in various ways. But most of them, or actually all of them, were reflected on already during the past days. I…

The first writing session 2019

The first writing-session 2019. In Uppsala. With Torsten, Helena, Janne, and Mattias. On an ms that we have been “working” on for five years. Pushing it forward, piece by piece. I am always a bit impress with how much of a force a proper writing session is. When we get together, a few of us,…

Awards and silly mammoths

There are several scientific awards, and which ever you get of them you always feel super-honored. But they are all there for different reasons. One of them is the Darwin award. It is given out to: “commemorate those who improve our gene pool–by removing themselves from it in the most spectacular way possible”. So always…

Viruses and food

Michael Lindberg is heading a brand-new state-of-the-art molecular biology laboratory (focusing in viruses) in Kalmar, at the Linnaeus University. We have kept low-intense discussions for some time now, and submitted a few applications together. I do indeed have great hopes for this collaboration. I have no clue where it will take us in the end,…

Science and anarcho-liberalism

Vacations are good for caching up on old stuff that never got done, some meta-thinking, and also for just vacationing. While gathering the last pieces to the Christmas-dinner today, I kept thinking about what it is that makes Science fun. Why I prefer to do this than anything else. The questions and the subject are…

A bioinformatician at ADF at CPG

ADF is hiring a bioinformatician. The Stockholm node will be located right in the middle of the Centre for Palaeogenetics (CPG). A brand new ancient DNA facility, one of the largest in the world. You will be working very close both to my and to Love Daléns groups, surrounded by all sorts of ancient DNA….

The old Madrid meeting, and a new one

A little more than a decade ago I was in Madrid. I was past my postdoc, but I still spent a lot of time in my postdoc laboratory. And this time I had Tom Gilbert with me. I cannot remember who came up with the idea, Tom or Juan Luis (Arsuaga, my boss back then),…

People from long gone

I have mentioned a few times the feeling of participating in class-reunions. I have been in the field for a good two decades (soon three), and have interacted with various people over the years. Some more intensely than others. One thing that is really fun is to get in touch with someone you were in…

A visiting team from Uppmax

Today was all about the data after sequencing but before publishing. We produce a lot of DNA sequences, and the only way to make sense of all that data is with various types of computational methods. From cleaning and mapping the data to time consuming computational analyses. And this demands some power.   A team…

Good stuff at the department day

December is a meeting-month with Christmas food. We had the ATLAS-days last week, and today was the department-day at Münchenbryggeriet. Actually, they are not so different from one another. A few sessions with interesting talks on on-going projects and then Christmas food. There are worse ways of learning what your co-workers are up to.  …

ATLAS-days and Christmas-bugs

December is ATLAS-time, that is, time for our ATLAS-days. Those days when we get together and look over a few of our projects going on in Stockholm and Uppsala. And discuss them. And it does not hurt to have some Christmas food while we are at it. Christmas food and scientific discussions has proven to…