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2020.01.17 | Research news

Single cell sequencing has a potential for disentangling causes of azoospermia

Azoospermia - or the absence of spermatozoa - is one of the causes of infertility, a problem faced by ~15% of couples. Azoospermic testis shows different characteristics and probably causes over different groups of patients. New single cell sequencing technologies allow the study of a tissue cell by cell, but analysis of such complex and big…

2020.01.14 | Research news

Plant genomes reveal the basis for adaptation to contrasting climates

In the face of rapid climate change, it is important that plants can adapt quickly to new conditions to ensure their survival. Using field experiments and plant genome studies, an international research team has pinpointed areas of the genome that are affected during local adaptation to contrasting climates.

2020.01.06 | Research news

New forensic chemistry method to reveal the age of bloodstains and fingerprints

A fingerprint, a bloodstain or other biological material are some of the traces the police search for at a crime scene. With the help of the biological traces, a person or perpetrator can be tied to a crime scene. However, until now it has not been technically possible to determine when a fingerprint or other trace was made and thus determine…

2019.01.23 | Research news

Mennesket udvikler sig ikke længere med samme hast som aberne

Vores evolution går cirka en tredjedel langsommere end hos de andre primater. I et nyt studie har danske forskere nemlig fundet frem til, at mennesket har langt færre DNA-mutationer, end vores nærmeste nulevende slægtninge: De store menneskeaber.

2019.01.22 | Research news

Human mutation rate has slowed recently

Researchers from Aarhus University and Copenhagen Zoo have discovered that the human mutation rate is significantly slower than for our closest primate relatives. The new knowledge may be important for estimates of when the common ancestor for humans and chimpanzees lived - and for conservation of large primates in the wild.

2018.11.12 | Publication

Better estimation of SNP heritability from summary statistics

Nature Genetics, Dec 2018: Doug Speed from BiRC, together with David Balding, University of Melbourne, have created SumHer, a new software for analyzing results from genetic association studies.

2018.04.09 | Awards

Distinguished Investigator Grant of DKK 10 million

Professor Mikkel Heide Schierup, BiRC, has been awarded a Distinguished Investigator Grant of DKK 10 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation for the research project 'The Extraordinary Evolution of Human Sex'.

2018.01.26 | Research news

Science paper on the Nature of Nurture

Bjarni Vilhjalmsson from BiRC has contributed to a new paper in Science that shows how parental genotypes affect the phenotypes of the children, even those genes that are not transmitted.

cover suggestion for Nature article (Illustration: Astrid Reitzel)

2018.01.05 | Research news

Danish pan genome paper pronounced most significant Danish research 2017 by videnskab.dk

The readers of videnskab.dk have voted the Danish pan genome study to be the most significant Danish research result in 2017. The main project, published in Nature July 2017 (https://www.nature.com/articles/nature23264), is a major Danish collaboration where researchers from BiRC played a very central part. The assembly and analysis of the 150…

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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…

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