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Breaking the Taboo: The True Face of ‘Three Parent Babies’

The Science Behind the Procedure by Halima Hassan   On February 3rd, politicians in the UK came together to become the first country to approve a motion that would change the limits of assistive reproductive technology forever.  The mitochondrial donation in vitro fertilization technique, more popularly referred to as the ‘three parent babies’ technique, is a procedure which allows couples to ...

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Chromothripsis – A Miraculous Catastrophe

Cutting and pasting our genome  By Jessica De Loma Olson Can you imagine your cells doing patchwork with your genome? Cutting and pasting together fragments to produce a new work of art. In 2011, a study led by P.J. Campbell from Cambridge defined it as chromothripsis: a single catastrophic event for a chromosome. During a short period of time and ...

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Bridging Medicine and Literature – Interview with Åsa Nilsonne

Senior professor at Karolinska Institutet, psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author. She has published several books, including crime novels and non-fiction literature. by Iskra Pollak Dorocic and Irina Pader / Photos by Martin Kjellberg   Medicor talked with Dr. Nilsonne about her career, her motivations for writing and her newest book “H”. Åsa Nilsonne has always been fascinated by human behaviour, and ...

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“True or false?” – that is the question

Your mind is a trickster By Karolina Weryńska We are built by our past and it acts as a foundation for our future. Everything that has happened has been woven into our psyche. There is no way around it, just simple physics: action-reaction. Waking up, you safely know who you are, where you are and what brought you there. This ...

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Natural Selection in the Human Body

By Oskar Swartling   After his voyage with the Beagle, Charles Darwin started to go through the massive amounts of notes he had written during the almost five year long trip around the world. With these notes, including a tree of life with the words ‘I think’ written above it, Darwin composed what would later be known as The Origin of ...

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Science Snippets

This issue’s round-up of science news By Jens Magnusson, Irina Pader, Iskra Pollak Dorocic   LANGUAGE EVOUTION LINKED TO CLIMATE If you’ve ever tried to learn Chinese, you might have found it difficult to master the fantastically varied pronunciation of its vowels. In contrast to English or Swedish, the tonal complexity of Chinese is very high. In a new study, ...

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Take the chance to present your undergraduate project at an international conference in Dublin

by Mimmi Mononen and Maria Movin   Last year, two students from Karolinska Institutet, Maria Movin and Mimmi Mononen, were nominated as highly commended for their undergraduate degree projects in an international competition, Undergraduate Awards, and attended the UA Global Summit in Dublin. Maria, a medical student, was nominated for her research on the impact of childhood asthma and atopy ...

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Obesity – A Ticking Bomb

by Haroon Bayani   In recent years several global conflicts have been escalated, resulting in tens of thousands being killed and several million having to flee from their homes. The civil war in Ukraine and the onslaught of Daesh in Syria are only fractions of all the conflicts in our world. While armed violence, war and terrorism have tremendous social ...

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Holi 2015 – The Festival of Colors at KI

by Erik Müllers   Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival also known as the festival of colors or the spring festival. It is a thanksgiving celebration for a good harvest and it celebrates the victory of the good over evil spirit Holika. Like the Valborg celebration in Sweden, it marks the end of the winter and the approaching of ...

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The King of Infotainment – Interview with Jesper Rönndahl

Jesper Rönndahl Turns Science into Stand-up Story by Johanna Tauriainen   / Photos by Martin Kjellberg   We meet up with Jesper Rönndahl in a photo-studio in a basement in Vasastan on a chilly February evening. He is tired, but cheerful, it has been an eventful week. Not only did he win this year’s edition of the Swedish TV quiz ...

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