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Researchers at PUMPkin published the article "Are we ready for back-to-nature crop breeding?" in 2014.

The story went viral with a lot of world wide debate to follow. Below is listed some of the subsequent articles:

Illustration from BIOZOOM article including the author Poul Nissen.

"How do we show molecules and how they move?"

Features: Research at the PUMPKIN Centre, written by centre director professor Poul Nissen.

Article in the magasine BIOZOOM, which is the magasine for members of the Danish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (DSBMB).

Published July 2014

How cells remove copper

Features: postdoc Pontus Gourdon, PhD student Oleg Sitsel and professor Poul Nissen

Small article about their NSMB paper.

Published December 2013

Proteinernes forunderlige verden (in Danish)

Features: professor Poul Nissen (PUMPkin)
and lektor Kresten Lindorff-Larsen (Copenhagen University)

Video on youtube about the wonderfull world of proteins, made by Videnskabernes selskab.

Published May 2014

Plant biology and PUMPkin research

Features: professor Michael Palmgren

Hjernekassen med Peter Lund Madsen (in Danish).

Published June 2013

Feature in Videnskabens verden

Features: senior researcher Hanne Poulsen

DR P1 - Videnskabens verden (in Danish).

Published November 2013

Steroids and pumps

Features: post.doc. Mette Laursen, associate professor Natalya Fedosova and professor Poul Nissen

Paper on Videnskab.dk (in Danish).

Original paper in PNAS can be found here.

Published August 2013

Tumors on adrenal glands

Features: senior researcher Hanne Poulsen and professor Poul Nissen

Paper on Videnskab.dk (in Danish).

Original paper in Nature can be found here (not open access).

Published August 2013

"Pumping life"

Frontcover of the BIOZOOM journal issue and pictures of the three authors Robert Hoffmann, Ingrid Dach, and Oleg Sitsel.

Features: Research at the PUMPKIN Centre, written by PhD students Robert Hoffmann, Ingrid Dach, and Oleg Sitsel

Article in the magasine BIOZOOM, which is the magasine for members of the Danish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (DSBMB).

Published April 2012

Radio interview about evolution with Prof. Poul Nissen

Professor Poul Nissen tells about evolution and the mechanisms behind evolution to the student radio at Aarhus University. Hear the interview here (in Danish).

Published August 2012

New cancer drug shows great promise

Danish researchers from the PUMPKIN Centre have developed a new drug against prostate cancer in collaboration with researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the biotech company Genspera in the USA.

The cornerstone of the new cancer drug is the substance thapsigargin, which is extracted from the Thapsia garganica, a plant that grows in the Mediterranean. The scientists are currently trying to get mosses and yeast to form thapsigargin, which would provide sufficient amounts of the substance to produce the cancer drug on a large scale. The drug is currently being tested on humans, and success in these trials could open up for entirely new opportunities in the fight against incurable types of cancer. The findings have just been published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Link to article in the journal Science Translational Medicine

Source: Videnskab.dk
English translation at ScienceNordic

Link to article at John Hopkins Medicine website: "Drug from Mediterranean Weed Kills Tumor Cells in Mice"

Link to article in the newspaper Jyllands Posten (in Danish): "Ingredients for cancer drug is found at Ibiza"

Link to article in MedWatch (in Danish): "New Danish drug candidate makes cancer commit suicide"

Link to article on web at Denmark's Radio (DR) (in Danish): "Danish scientists develop new drug against prostate cancer"

Published June 2012

Unique pump in sperm cells makes a difficult journey possible

In his PhD work, Michael Jakob Voldsgaard Clausen made a detailed study of a molecular pump that is essential for sperm cells and is not found in other types of cells.

The job of a sperm cell is to carry genetic information from a male to a female. In order to carry out this project, the cell has to travel from the testicle to the ovary, where both the pH value and salt concentrations are drastically altered. His results show that this pump is specific to sperm cells and is adapted to be able to maintain stable activity in conditions in which there are changes to the salt concentrations and the membrane potential of the cell. In time, it is possible that his results could be used in developing a birth control pill for men.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark; the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Yale University, USA; and the Department of Physiology, University of Montreal, Canada.

Michael Clausen defended his doctoral on 23 April 2012. PhD supervisors: Professor Poul Nissen and Postdoctoral Research Associate Hanne Poulsen.

Listen to the interview with Michael Clausen on Radio24syv (in Danish) about his results
(The interview starts 45.22 min. into the broadcast).

Published May 2012

Zebrafish with migraine

Karin Lykke-Hartmann uses zebrafish in her experiments, because the basic physiological reaction patterns are similar in fish, mice, and humans. Text and photo from UDFORSK.

Features: Senior groupleader Karin Lykke-Hartmann

Article (in Danish) in the journal UDFORSK, published by Aarhus University Hospital.
Follow this link to see the full journal.

Published in start 2012