News from the Department

  • Bacteria contradict Darwin: Survival of the friendliest


    New microbial research at the University of Copenhagen suggests that 'survival of the friendliest' outweighs 'survival of the fittest’ for groups of bacteria. Bacteria make space for one another and sacrifice properties if it benefits the bacterial community as a whole. The discovery is a major step towards understanding complex bacteria interactions and the development of new treatment models for a wide range of human diseases and new green technologies. »

  • Viruses win the virus-host conflicts


    Prokaryotes and their viruses constitute a vastly diverse and highly abundant group of biological entities on earth. During the course of evolution, prokaryotes have developed numerous defensive strategies against invading genetic elements. Viruses, in turn, have evolved counteracting mechanisms. CRISPR-Cas constitutes the only known prokaryotic adaptive immune system against invading viruses and plasmids. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have characterised an archaeal virus-encoded anti-CRISPR protein and their results are now being published in Cell. »

  • Seven innovative Villum Experiment grants to the Department of Biology!


    The Department of Biology (BIO) has been incredibly successful obtaining grants from the Villum Experiment programme. Seven researchers have received a grant, corresponding to 13% of all granted Villum Experiment projects. »

  • Ida Moltke is a co-editor on Handbook of Statistical Genomics


    A timely update of a highly popular handbook on statistical genomics


  • ERC Starting Grant to Rasmus Heller


    Rasmus Heller, a tenure track Assistant Professor at the Section for Computational and RNA Biology, Department of Biology, has been awarded a Starting Grant worth €1.5 million from the European Research Council (ERC). »

  • Ruminants’ Genes are a Treasure Trove


    A new large-scaled research project has mapped the genome of 44 ruminant species - a group of animals that have intrigued researchers for years because of their biological diversity and their huge importance as domestic animals. The project gives valuable new insights on how genetic adjustments through evolution have rendered the ruminants one of the most successful groups of animals on the planet. The results have recently been published in three articles in the acknowledged scientific journal Science. »

  • More fragrant Arctic with stressed plants


    Almost all plant species naturally produce a scent. This scent is typically a diverse blend of small molecules that evaporate easily. These plant scents (also called volatiles) perform a remarkable range of functions from repelling or attracting insects to being key constraints of the physical and chemical properties of the atmosphere and climate. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have studied the effect of climate warming and increased insect activity on the release of plant volatiles to the atmosphere in the Arctic. The seminal results are now published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Plants. »

  • Plant stem cells require low oxygen levels


    Joint Danish, Italian and German efforts reveal that low oxygen is required for proper development of plants. Their discovery is now published in the international scientific journal NATURE »

  • Novo Nordisk Foundation is focusing on biological research


    The Novo Nordisk Foundation has again invested several million in biological research at the Department of Biology. This time, five prominent research leaders each receives the attractive Investigator grant, allowing them to continue and deepen their research areas. It is research that covers a wide range of biology - from DNA and RNA to sustainable crops, diabetes and obesity research. »

  • Researchers develop effective method to diagnose pancreatic cancer


    Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal cancer types. Only eight percent of patients survive 5 years after diagnosis. This is partly due to a shortage of symptoms during the cancer’s earliest stages. Once identified, pancreatic cancer is often so advanced that it becomes incurable. »