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2017
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
2015
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 towards global surveillance of infectious diseases and identification of how they are transmitted between countries. The analysis was conducted by researchers from the...

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food safety Computer calculations
2014
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 Clovis culture, a tribe of mammoth hunters who lived about 12,000 years ago in North America.

Biological systems Genes and genomes
2013
29 NOV

Food genes in bloodstream

DTU researchers have discovered tomato DNA in cancer patient blood samples. The discovery flies in the face of what researchers previously believed.

Biotechnology and biochemistry
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
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 disease. These findings—recently published in Nature—offer the prospect of developing new prevention and treatment strategies.

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 whole genome. The results were recently published in the magazine Nature, and these new data will help improve our understanding of the evolutionary process and development...

Genes and genomes Biological systems