New lessons from purgatory

Here is another interesting manuscript, available on BiorchivX. I have previously described the purgatory-status of this media, what is in there is somewhere in-between published and unpublished. This one is also addressing an interesting problem, is indexed data from some HiSeq systems flawed? But since it is on BiorchivX, and not in a proper peer-reviewed journal, it…

Removing bricks

Getting the idea for a study is really fun. Actually amazingly fun. To come up with an interesting problem, and to design ways to test it. Collecting the data is also fun, especially when there eventually is so much data and the preliminaries have gone so far so it is possible to interpret all of…

The poor life of the last mammoth

Love Daléns team in Stockholm (they are basically on the other side of the road from us) have sequenced and published much mammoth DNA, and not least from Wrangel. Rogers and Slatkin used some of that data and just recently published a super-interesting study (here is a popular version of the paper , and here is the…

The Scythians

The Scythians were a peculiar group of people. Skilled artistic craftsmen and equally skilled warriors with their composite bows and their horsemanship who ruled the Eurasian steppe for much of the first millennia BCE. Anna Juras has done a good job using 19 complete Scythian mitochondrias, tracing them back to the Srubnaya-people that once inhabited the…

Diseases and teenagers

These are days of visits in the archaeolgenetic group. And that is always nice, people coming in, staying for a short or long period, sharing their ideas, picking up some of our ideas, and eventually returning to their home-organisation leaving some impressions behind and bringing new once back with them. Shoes outside the laboratory indicates…

Sample sizes and undead media

BiorchivX is an odd online-media. It is a website to which you can upload your unpublished manuscripts before you publish them. This places the manuscript somewhere between unpublished (it has yet not gone through the peer-review system) and published (people can still download it and read it). Sort of like a vampire, not living, but…

An opportunity to put your aDNA skills to use.

If you want to use your aDNA skills to support a good cause in our contemporary society, then it is worth looking in to this position: https://www.icmp.int/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DNA-Validation-and-Development-Coordinator-The-Hague-Netherlands-2017.pdf

Distractions and reports

Doing publicly funded research requires a special kind of bureaucracy-crazy. Or deadline-fetishism. There are deadlines for getting the application submitted in time, for spending the money, for how long you can have people employed, and for reporting back. And there is a gradient, those projects are more fun in the beginning, and that fun is…

Brexit

Today Theresa May triggered article 50, and the UK started its exodus from the EU. I understand that it has always been good for Sweden to have the UK in the EU, since we have much shared the same opinions, argued the same way, and voted the same way. But the UK is leaving, and…

Get the balance right

When driving on a highway, and hitting a road-construction area, you are often informed that the road will be under reconstructon for two months. “Why two months?” you think, but you understand when you spot the two guys who are responsible for fixing the 2km degenerated asphalt-strip. The next question in your head is something…

The ATLAS ambition

The ATLAS-project, funded by RJ and VR, was what really gave the ancient DNA work in Stockholm and Uppsala the possibility to leave ground and take off. We promised to screen 400 ancient individuals from Sweden, and deep-sequence 25 of them, and also do research based on them. It has been four years since we wrote…

Applications

So there you are, happily surfing away, maybe celebrating with a cup of coffee (or ten) because you just got out of the latest application and you are still breathing. When you stumble upon a site that announces a major grant, really a major major one. But the deadline is only 7 days away so…