The urge among animals to reproduce manifests itself in extraordinary ways. John Fitzpatrick elaborates: “It leads evolution to develop hugely complicated behaviors, forms and structures. Everything is exaggerated in the most bizarre ways, since the evolutionary stakes are so high. We want to understand how and why certain sexual behaviors develop in some groups, but not in others.”
The goal of a five-year research program at Karolinska Institutet is to learn more about the cell’s powerhouse – the mitochondria – and explore new avenues of treatment for mitochondrial diseases.
Manufacturing valuable chemicals from renewable raw materials such as water or carbon dioxide, without producing dangerous gases, will become a reality thanks to a catalytic material being developed by researchers at Stockholm University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Yeast is good for much more than baking bread and brewing beer. In Rike Stelkens’ lab, yeast is serving as a model system used to study hybridization – a form of genetic exchange between species. Her findings may add to our knowledge of how species evolve, and how groups of animals and plants can be saved from the effects of climate change. The results may also benefit research on agricultural breeding and infectious disease.