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2017.10.10 | Research news

The mapping of the shared Danish genome

Danish researchers from three universities have analysed the genomes of fifty families and created access to very precise knowledge about how the genome of a healthy, average Dane looks. The new knowledge is called the Danish Reference Genome and it can increase our understanding of hereditary diseases and support the development of personalised…

2017.09.29 | Research news

A new way of comparing illegal cocaine samples.

Researchers from BiRC and Institute of Forensic Medicine have developed a model that can be trained to correctly classify illegal cocaine seizures. The new method is a major improvement over existing methods and is the result of an ongoing collaboration between BiRC and the Dept of Forensic Chemistry. Other articles from the collaboration:…

2017.09.29 | Research news

New knowledge of the immune system

Researchers from BiRC has assembled 100 new MHC haplotypes. Before this new landmark only 8 complete haplotypes were described. Abstract: Genes in the major histocompatibility complex (MHC, also known as HLA) play a critical role in the immune response and variation within the extended 4 Mb region shows association with major risks of many…

Figure: Ditlev E. Brodersen.

2016.12.21 | Nature and technology

Researchers reveal the secret code language of bacteria

Antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria is a growing global challenge. Danish researchers have now discovered that bacteria use a code language to avoid being controlled. Understanding this code language will be paramount to developing new antibiotics in the future.

2016.04.27 | Research news

Slow worms react quickly to climate change

Evolution can go quickly when it has to – at least for small organisms. Researchers exposed a natural setting in Denmark to artificial climate change and discovered that soil just half a degree warmer caused the genome of small worms to change surprisingly quickly.

2016.04.01 | Research news

Model can be trained to guess your height

Postdoc Bjarni Vilhjálmsson and Aarhus University researchers have developed a probability model that can be trained to calculate the impact of genetic variants on our appearance and diseases. Providing accurate indications of our genomes is still a long way off.

The Genome DK HPC HUB supercomputer at Aarhus University was used for a considerable part of the data processing in connection with mapping the Danish genome. Professor Anders Børglum, Department of Biomedicine (right), is seen here with Professor Mikkel Heide Schierup, Bioinformatics Research Centre (BiRC). Photo: Aarhus University

2015.01.21 | Research news

Making it easier to see the difference between defective and healthy genes in Denmark

It will be easier to diagnose genetically determined diseases in Denmark now that researchers at Aarhus University, the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark have mapped the first full individual genomes of 30 out of 150 ordinary Danes.

2013.10.28 | Research news

Students and researchers will map the Danish genes

A new project collaboration involving 800 high school students will try to solve where the Danish genes come from - and for the first time ever write the genetic history of the Danish population.

2013.07.17 | Research news

Deep survey of ape genetic diversity provides new insights into human-ape evolution

A large international research collaboration including researchers from the Bioinformatics Centre has created a database of great ape genetic diversity, the most comprehensive yet. In the study, researchers sequenced a total of 79 great apes, including chimpanzees, bonobos,  gorillas, orangutans and humans, and the research behind the database has…

2013.07.17 | Research news

Great ape genetic diversity mapped

Deep survey of the genetic diversity of the great apes provides new insights into human-ape evolution millions of years ago – and can be an important tool in the effort to preserve the endangered species. The study was conducted by an international research team including researchers from the Bioinformatics Research Centre, and the results have…

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