The department Annual Meeting will be held on Friday 15 August 2014


Bjarne Jochimsen (left) and Bjarne Hove-Jensen, along with a Canadian colleague, David Zechel, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, examined the existing knowledge around the degradation of phosphonates and assembled this in the review (Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen)
The first step in the degradation of glyphosate. Glyphosate exchanges with adenine of ATP in a reaction catalyzed by the enzyme PhnI. Glyphosate is thus activated for further degradation, catalyzed by additional six enzymes. The remainder of the glyphosate is N- methylglycine. The overall degradation of glyphosate to phosphate and N-methylglycine requires 14 polypeptides encoded by the genes phnCDEFGHIJKLMNOP.

2014.03.21 | Public / media

Degradation of the herbicide RoundUp®

Reviewed information about the degradation of the active compound glyphosate in RoundUp® may eventually be useful in processes where the ability of the bacteria to break down organic compounds - such as phosphonates - used for removing substances that are hard for the environment to degrade.

Breeding of Jersey and Nordic Red Cattle in Denmark, Sweden and Finland can be given a major boost with the aid of a new genomics tool. Photo: Janne Hansen (Photo: Janne Hansen)

2014.03.06 | Grant

Nordic cattle breeds to be given a genetic boost

The relatively small population sizes of the dairy breeds Jersey and Nordic Red Cattle in the Nordic countries pose challenges in using genomic selection to increase genetic progress. A new scientific project aims at improving the methodology using in genomic prediction. Animal health, welfare and production will benefit.

Spider silk can be very useful for humans – all we need is to find out the trick. Photo: Colourbox
In collaboration with an international team of researchers, Daniel Otzen has published insight into how the proteins in a spider’s silk gland join together to form strong threads. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen

2014.02.25 | Public / media

Spider silk is acid

In collaboration with an international team of researchers, Professor Daniel Otzen, iNANO and MBG, has come closer to the ‘recipe’ for spider silk. The liquid protein material in the abdomen of the spider gradually becomes more and more acidic as it approaches the spinnerets.

The grain from the genetically modified barley is manually harvested using scissors. All other plant material apart from the ears is then collected in containers and sent for incineration. After the harvest, the field is sprayed with Roundup to kill all seedlings produced from spilt grain. Photo: Inger Holme

2014.02.27 | Public / media

Conventional breeding and genetic engineering go hand in hand

People, the environment and farm animals can benefit from cereals that have been bred to contain larger amounts of phytase – an enzyme that increases the availability of phosphate and other minerals. Conventional plant breeding methods cannot stand alone, but may be combined with the process of cisgenesis.

Daniel Otzen (left) and four other researchers with the EliteForsk Award presented by her Royal Highness Pricess Mary and Minister for Educationand Research Sofie Carsten Nielsen (Photo: the Danish Research Council)
Daniel Otzen and students looking at FTIR spectra of fibrils in the protein alpha-synuclein (Photo: Martin Kurnik)
Bacteria with fibrils (Photo: Gunna Kristiansen – the colours are applied)

2014.02.06 | Public / media, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Origami at the molecular level

Professor Daniel Otzen has been awarded an EliteForsk Award for his contribution to the understanding of protein behaviour and its significance for folding in particular.

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Lecture series at MBG


Project day at MBG

On Friday 25 April 2014 the department is organising a project day where students can come and see what projects our staff can offer.

See the programme for the project day (in Danish)

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Research Day

24-26 April 2014

Staff from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics contribute with the following talks:


Thu 24 Apr
11:15-12:00 | Meeting room 1590-213 of the iNANO House, Gustav Wieds Vej 14
iNANO Lecture: Niels B. Larsen Guided Attachment of Proteins and Cells on Polymers by Patterned Photochemistry
Thu 24 Apr
13:15-15:15 | Building 1632, Room 201, Lecture Theatre, AIAS, Høegh-Guldbergsgade
PhD defence: Lone Vendel Nielsen: Dietary trans fatty acids: the effect on liver cells and cardiovascular disease risk
Mon 28 Apr
14:15-16:15 | Lecture Theatre iNANO, Aarhus University, Gustaw Wieds Vej
PhD defence: Emil Dedic: Processing of stable RNA in yeast nucleus
Thu 22 May
12:15-11:00 | Mathematics, D1 (1531-113)
Brian Clark Biotech Lecture: Kim Hejnæs: Drug development – from idea to licensed product
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How to find the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

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The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG)
is located at five different addresses:

  • The Science Park - Gustav Wieds Vej 10, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
  • Biokæden (Campus) - C.F. Møllers Allé 3, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
  • iNANO - Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
  • Foulum - Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele, Denmark
  • Flakkebjerg - Forsøgsvej 1, 4200 Slagelse, Denmark

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Contact information

at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Tel.: +45 8715 0000
CVR-no.: 31119103
VAT ("moms") number: 31 11 91 03
EAN-no. 5798000419964
"Stedkode" (departmental id number): 2802

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For staff and students at
the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Aarhus University
Nordre Ringgade 1
DK-8000 Aarhus C

Tel: +45 8715 0000
Fax: +45 8715 0201

CVR no: 31119103

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