January work

January is usually a buzzy month, all those things that should have been done before the end of the year but never got done. And add to that a bunch of application deadlines, maybe you do not need to apply for everything, but neither can you ignore everything. The people in the ancient DNA group…

A day with the museums

Today The Museum of World Culture, and of course including The Medelhavsmuseet (I think that actually is the English name, although the correct translation would be The Mediterranean Museum), The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, and The Museum of Ethnography visited us. And this is important. The museums are important. They are specialized in communicating…

Strategies for applying to EU

As I am writing an EU application together with Mehmet and Fusun at METU in Ankara, I am really proud to say that this time we really started writing it in time. We were on it like almost four months before the submission deadline. That is really great, right? Or rather, that could have been…

”You’ve been in my life so long, I can’t remember anything else.”

So, finally, we publish the story on how Scandinavia was colonised. And this is a weird feeling. This Scandinavian study actually started seven years ago, before I even moved to Stockholm. When I got the first samples from Hummerviskholmen. Hence the quote from Ripley above. But obviously it has intensified over the years. And we…

”Real life, happens on TV”

A Swedish university, and the people working on it, is expected to fulfil three tasks. Education, research, and the last one is popular science, or simply informing the general public what we are up to and what we have discovered. Popularisation is thus important, and during Christmas we saw an excellent example of it on…

A new project from the west

First working-day of this year finished. And how was it? Pretty nice I’d say. My old supervisor, who once trained me and introduced me to ancient DNA work 25 years ago, came by. Actually to hire one of my staff, Natalya. So now Natalya is officially working under Norwegian supervision, and Oslo is a stakeholder…

Office no 2

So, here we are again. Some of you may call it ”Espresso House”, the café at Stureplan. But to us, it is ”office no 2”. Now, several good things about this office. A full working-day here, focused on this crazy-big application again, that is a reasonable efficient day. As the only people interrupting the work…

Social media and www-trolls

I was going to write this piece on a collaboration I am hoping to start with KI and Linné. But that can wait. I came across a discussion on the social medias that, again, enforced my view to only participate in debates and discussions in peer-reviewed medias and moderated symposia’s or conferences. As I see…

More is more, less is a bore

Today Torsten presented an exceptional exception. A study that was just accepted for publication where one of the peculiarities is a prehistoric individual sequenced to 57X. And this is an exception because Uppsala and Stockholm are on an ATLAS-retreat. The stage for studies in the making. But Torsten had a perfectly good excuse for his…

”First thing you learn is that you always gotta wait”

For some time now we have tried to use some of our energy to finish projects that have been ignored for so long that the dark art of necromancy is needed to revive them. Our work with the POWs from Sala Silvergruva is such an example, and we have a paleo-Eskimo-dataset generated many many years…

The 3d reviewer

When you send several manuscripts off in a short period, some will get accepted quicker than others, and for some you will have to work harder. There is likely a large protion of randomness to this, depending on who is reviewing and who is editing and where you send it etc. But in your own…

Soon to be closed

The rush here is amazing. The people are in the laboratory from early till late, since the sequence facility will close over Christmas. This is instrumental. We have produced amazing amounts of data during November and December, we had to do that since the sequencing facility will close during Christmas and we will not be…