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  • A new Botulinum Neurotoxin discovered 2017-08-03 The first new Botulinum Neurotoxin in almost half a century has been discovered by researchers at Stockholm University and Harvard Medical School. Botulinum toxins are widely used to treat a growing list of medical conditions. The article has been published in Nature Communications.
  • New method helps fighting future pandemics 2017-07-07 By developing a new technique for labeling the gene segments of influenza viruses, researchers now know more about how influenza viruses enter the cell and establish cell co-infections – a major contributing factor to potential pandemic development.
  • New insights into the toxin behind tetanus 2017-06-27 Tetanus toxin is the neurotoxin that causes lockjaw. Many are vaccinated, but tetanus still kills tens of thousands of people per year worldwide. Researchers from the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, led by Dr Pål Stenmark, have now uncovered the poison’s structure. For the first time, the way the poison is constructed has been revealed.
  • Bacteria from hot springs solve mystery of metabolism 2017-06-27 Combustion is often a rapid process, like fire. How can our cells control the burning process so well? The question has long puzzled researchers. Using bacteria from hot springs, researchers from Stockholm University now have the answer.
  • 75 million in Wallenberg grant extension to Gunnar von Heijne 2017-05-04 Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation decided in April to grant an extension of SEK 75 million to Gunnar von Heijne, professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University, and Siv Andersson, professor at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University for The activities at Wallenberg Advanced Bioinformatics Infrastructure (WABI).