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2018
22 OCT

More antimicrobial resistance in pigs than in broilers in Europe

In the largest metagenomics study of production animals to date, the Technical University of Denmark has found more antimicrobial resistance in pigs than in broilers...

Genes and genomes Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
14 JUN

New online course on metagenomics applied to infectious disease monitoring

Students from around the world can learn about metagenomics applied to antimicrobial resistance monitoring for free in a new online course from DTU.

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
05 APR

Using DNA sequences to tailor medical treatment

A method further developed at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, uses knowledge about the DNA profile of pathogenic microorganisms to ensure...

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Health and diseases
06 MAR

CeMiSt opening

DTU is opening a new center focusing on production of antibiotic substances by bacteria and fungi.

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
22 FEB

Invitation to Professor Rene Hendriksen’s inaugural lecture

Come to an inaugural lecture and learn how whole genome sequencing can be used in the global surveillance of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
02 JAN

Danish input into U.S. roadmap to reduce antimicrobial use

A new policy roadmap aimed at reducing the U.S. farming sector’s use of antimicrobials vital to treating sick humans, draws on Denmark’s experience in this area.

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes
2017
20 DEC

Supercomputer baner vejen for præcisionsmedicin

På Rigshospitalets Enhed for genomisk medicin foregår analyserne af patienternes gener ikke længere på hospitalets egne computere. Når patientens DNA er blevet sekventeret...

Information technology Health and diseases Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Enzymes and proteins Genes and genomes Synthetic biology Viruses
13 DEC

PhD defence about genetic interactions between domesticated and wild trout

PhD Student Thomas Frank-Gopolos has produced experimental trout families with different levels of domestic-wild genetic ‘mixing’ and compared their fitness after some...

Genes and genomes Climate adaption Fisheries and fish stocks Aquaculture
21 NOV

Prize awarded for battle against global food challenges

On Monday 20 November, Frank Møller Aarestrup received the Nils Foss Excellence Prize 2017 for his groundbreaking research within the field of antimicrobial resistance...

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
10 OCT

Prize for innovative food research on the way to DTU

On 20 November 2017, the Nils Foss Excellence Prize will be awarded to an internationally recognized researcher for achievement within food science innovation and research...

Genes and genomes Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
27 JUL

Danish reference genome now mapped

Danish researchers now have unprecedented and extremely precise knowledge of the genetic makeup of the Danish population, having analysed the genes of 50 families. The...

Information technology Health and diseases Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Enzymes and proteins Genes and genomes Synthetic biology Viruses
27 JUL

Danish reference genome now mapped

Danish researchers now have unprecedented and extremely precise knowledge of the genetic makeup of the Danish population, having analysed the genes of 50 families. The...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Genes and genomes
14 JUL

Better immunotherapy for cancer patients

Does immunotherapy work better in cancer patients who, for example, have had influenza? This will be studied in a research project at Herlev Hospital involving DTU.

Information technology Health and diseases Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Enzymes and proteins Genes and genomes Synthetic biology Viruses
14 JUL

Better immunotherapy for cancer patients

Does immunotherapy work better in cancer patients who, for example, have had influenza? This will be studied in a research project at Herlev Hospital involving DTU.

Health and diseases Cells Enzymes and proteins Genes and genomes Bacteria and microorganisms Viruses Fermentation
Photo: Iben Julie Schmidt
15 MAR

The hunt for rainforest’s secret recipes

A new research project from DTU will map the genetics of the rainforest’s potent plant compounds, making them available to research and industry.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Genes and genomes Biological systems Computer calculations
09 FEB

One step closer to personal antimicrobial treatment

Harmless intestinal bacteria may transfer resistance genes to pathogenic bacteria, making the dangerous bacteria resistant to antimicrobial agents. A new method makes it...

Genes and genomes Bacteria and microorganisms Health and diseases
26 JAN

Millions for research into antibiotic resistance and better drugs

In a press release issued today, the Novo Nordisk Foundation reveals that it is grating a total of DKK 300 million (EUR 40 million) to five ambitious research projects...

Cells Synthetic biology Genes and genomes Medical equipment and systems Health and diseases
2016
30 NOV

Combating disease-causing microorganisms for decades

Denmark has a high level of food safety, yet every year disease-causing microorganisms in food cause illness in a significant number of Danes. For more than 30 years...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes
Photo: Kopenhagen Fur
14 NOV

Supercomputer improves virus traceability

The Danish mink industry will now receive help in the fight against a feared virus that can potentially threaten Denmark’s billion kroner export of mink pelts.

Genes and genomes Livestock diseases Production animals Data analysis
10 OCT

Supercomputer answers life science questions

DTU researchers are using the biggest life science supercomputer in Denmark to analyse complex volumes of data and put doctors in a position to improve our health.

Information technology Biotechnology and biochemistry Genes and genomes Health and diseases Mathematics
04 OCT

New biosensor reveals transporter proteins – points towards new antibiotics

A new cutting edge biological sensor have led to the discovery of 25 transporter proteins in bacteria. Transporters control bacterial communication and their uptake of...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
Sine Reker Hadrup og (i baggrunden) ph.d.-studerende Amalie Kai Bentzen, som har stået for det meste af det eksperimentelle arbejde omkring afprøvningen af den nye teknologi. Foto: Mikal Schlosser
21 SEP

New method finds cancer's attack points

A new method makes it possible to find far more cancer attack points than before. The method is yet another advance for immunotherapy treatments, which have demonstrated...

Cells Enzymes and proteins Genes and genomes Health and diseases
23 AUG

WHO recognizes the National Food Institute's genomics research

The World Health Organization, WHO, has appointed the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, as its first ever Collaborating Centre for Genomics. As...

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
09 AUG

Special topic portal highlights fight against antimicrobial resistance

Denmark's experience in reducing antimicrobial consumption and resistance over the past 20 years is often highlighted as a good example around the world. The National...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes
01 APR

Using big “bio-data” to design better cell factories

The EU has granted 6.3 million Euros to the project DD-DeCaF, coordinated by the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Genes and genomes Synthetic biology Software and programming Data analysis IT systems
14 MAR

11 Million for research into cancer and T-cells

Associate Professor Sine Reker Hadrup from DTU Vet receives DKK 11 million in an ERC Starting Grant where she will be developing new technology that can enable our own...

Health and diseases Genes and genomes
07 MAR

Cancer cells contain the seeds of their own downfall

Researchers from departments including DTU Vet have made a ground-breaking discovery that enhances our understanding of how our immune system can exploit the genetic...

Health and diseases Cells Genes and genomes
Photo: Jakob Boserup
20 JAN

Bacteria researcher receives annual award of DKK 5 million

On Friday, 22 January, Professor Lone Gram will receive Denmark's largest individual research award, the 2016 Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award for Technical and Scientific...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes
2015
26 NOV

Denmark’s biggest computer specially designed for life science

It took thirteen years—from 1990 to 2003—and cost USD 3 billion to map the human genome. Today, using a small sample of human DNA—from a person living or dead—we can...

Computer calculations Data analysis Hardware and components Genes and genomes Bacteria and microorganisms
21 OCT

Tiny DNA building block is identical regardless of species

Professor Jakob Bohr is working on a theory to explain why a specific building block in chromosomes is identical in people, animals and plants.

Genes and genomes Mathematics Geometry
05 OCT

Groundbreaking computer program diagnoses cancer in two days

In by far the majority of cancer cases, the doctor can quickly identify the source of the disease, for example cancer of the liver, lungs, etc. However, in about one in...

Cells Genes and genomes Computer calculations Data analysis
18 AUG

Toilet waste provides knowledge about diseases’ global transmission routes

Analysis and genome sequencing of disease-causing microorganisms and antimicrobial resistance bacteria in toilet waste from international aircraft could be a first step...

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food safety Computer calculations
26 JUN

The Danish salmon adventure: from nearly extinct to tourist magnet

Following a large-scale rescue operation including extensive stream restoration and gene technology, the wild salmon in the streams of Jutland have turned into big local...

Fisheries and fish stocks Fish and shellfish Ecosystems Genes and genomes Biological systems
20 MAY

Uncovering foodborne outbreaks using the latest technology

In the future it will be possible to uncover cases of foodborne disease and solve many more outbreaks through the use of whole genome sequencing, WGS, in which an organism...

Food safety Genes and genomes
18 FEB

One step closer to the reference genome

Within a year, researchers expect to have mapped out the full reference genome or ‘the Danes’ shared hereditary material’.

Genes and genomes Data analysis
28 JAN

The disease outbreak detection system of the future

An internet-based tool can analyse the genetic material of bacteria and help detect disease outbreaks as well as find the source of an outbreak. The tool uses a new technique...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Genes and genomes Bacteria and microorganisms Food safety Computer calculations
19 JAN

Large EU project to head up global fight against infectious diseases

A large EU project intends to speed up the detection of and response to disease outbreaks among humans and animals worldwide through the use of new genome technology. The...

Genes and genomes Biotechnology and biochemistry
13 JAN

The best way to determine salmonella type using whole genome sequencing

There is no single analytical method for whole genome sequencing data, which can be used universally to determine salmonella bacteria’s type. A PhD project at the National...

Genes and genomes Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Food safety Computer calculations
2014
23 DEC

PhD defence on whole genome typing of E. coli bacteria

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, invites you to Rolf Sommer Kaas’ PhD defence on the development of a method for typing E. coli bacteria by...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes
19 NOV

Mapped bacterial genomes to improve CF patient treatment

Hardy bacteria strains adapt their genome to the lung environment in patients with long-term infections. Researchers from Rigshospitalet and DTU have mapped the genomes...

Bacteria and microorganisms Cells Genes and genomes Biotechnology and biochemistry Biological systems
31 OCT

PhD Camilla Ingvorsen, DTU Systems Biology

PhD Camilla Ingvorsen, DTU Systems Biology: 'Perinatal programming of metabolic dysfunction and obesity-induced inflammation'

Genes and genomes Biotechnology and biochemistry Health and diseases Biological systems
11 AUG

PhD defence on whole genome sequencing approaches

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, invites you to Pimlapas Leekitcharoenphon’s defence of her PhD thesis on whole genome sequencing approaches...

Food safety Genes and genomes Bacteria and microorganisms
05 AUG

New methods to identify MRSA in pigs

It is important to keep the number of MRSA infections at a low level. In a PhD project at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, the latest technologies...

Food safety Production animals Health and diseases Biotechnology and biochemistry Genes and genomes
04 MAR

DNA analysis can derail aggressive bacteria

A tough strain of bacteria adapts its DNA to suit life in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients. The bacterial genome has now been mapped, however, and this could lead...

Genes and genomes Bacteria and microorganisms Medical equipment and systems Biotechnology and biochemistry Health and diseases Biological systems
18 FEB

Genetics—the new spearheading tool for mapping America’s history

Who were America’s first indigenous people? Danish scientists are now much closer to solving this mystery after mapping the entire genome of a boy belonging to the so-called...

Biological systems Genes and genomes
2013
18 DEC

Faster diagnosis and treatment possible

Danish researchers from National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, DTU Systems Biology and Hvidovre Hospital have demonstrated how—within the space of a...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Genes and genomes Health and diseases
21 NOV

DNA analysis sensation: Origin of Indians linked to Europe

Calculations performed on supercomputers at DTU are impacting the debate on the origins of indigenous American Indians.

Biological systems Genes and genomes
20 NOV

Researchers discover new gene implicated in asthma

Danish researchers have found a gene that makes children susceptible to developing serious asthma early in life. The discovery may impact our understanding of how and...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Biological systems Genes and genomes Medical equipment and systems Health and diseases
03 SEP

Gut microbial communities reveal risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes

Having a particular set of bacteria in your gut places you in the high-risk group for developing metabolic disorders such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Genes and genomes Health and diseases
02 JUL

Horse’s genetic evolution mapped

DTU researchers have succeeded in mapping the genes of a horse that lived 700,000 years ago. This is several hundred thousand years older than the previously oldest known...

Genes and genomes Biological systems