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Published Feb. 3, 2021 5:50 PM

Almost all over the world, English is the preferred scientific language. CanCell is no exemption in this statistics as English is the main language used here. But how does those who work in our labs experience this? 

We have spoken to Chara Charsou which is a researcher in the autophagy group and member in CanCells own equality forum which works for equality regardless of background, gender, sexual orientation or religion.

And to Andrea Moen Brodersen who is a master’s student in Jorrit Enserinks lab group, Cancer Molecular Medicine

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Published Jan. 11, 2021 1:23 PM

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been part and parcel of our everyday reality for almost all of 2020. In early March, in an effort to contain the viral spread, most countries drifted one after the other into lockdowns and Norway was no exception. Overnight, the University of Oslo transitioned all the academic activities virtually and scientists were physically unable to reach their research laboratories and projects were put on hold. Kindergartens and schools remained closed for several weeks, displacing household labour and childcare and severely reducing PhD students’ and academic staff’s time to perform their work duties. Scientists and students in Centre for Cancer Cell Reprogramming (CanCell) had to adjust to the situation and work remotely from home, while others holding positions at the Oslo University Hospital were still able to go to work part-time depending on home situation.

Published Dec. 9, 2020 11:29 AM

Much like a hipster in San Francisco, your body knows how important recycling is and it was doing it before it was cool and even before you were born. About time you knew too! Recycling prevents cancer development, but cancer cells have also learned to take advantage of recycling for their own survival, making it important to increase our understanding of this process.

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Published Oct. 27, 2020 1:54 PM

The 15th and 16th October we arranged our CanCell Annual retreat which is two days filled with seminars and exciting scientific speaks. As for everyone else this year was different due to the coronavirus pandemic and there were a lot of safety measures to consider when hosting the retreat. For instance, we could not have as many attending that we had before. This had some implications for us when we had invited several key speakers from around the globe to teach us about their field of cancer research. Fortunately, we had our solution right within reach; I am talking about ZOOM! We were able to host most of the retreat on Zoom so everyone that wanted could join us online.

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Published Oct. 14, 2020 11:15 AM

All cells in our body contain the “headquarters” of our genetic information, the nucleus, wrapped in a double nuclear membrane, similar to a protective bag. The DNA coding this information is packed in 23 chromosomes in those headquarters. Imagine a script with numbered pages. This script contains all the information for the actions that the cells are “programmed” to perform during their lifetime. Upon cellular division (mitosis), the script (DNA) copies itself in order both of the newly created cells to have an idea of what they are going to do with their lives. The genetic material is safely wrapped into nuclear membrane and voilà! Two brand new nuclei ready for new adventures!

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