You may not be familiar with adenosine(A), thymine(T), guanine(G), cytosine(C), but it is impossible that you never heard of DNA sequencing! As we all know, DNA sequencing is an amazing technique that “deciphers” the secret codes which hide in your body. It differentiates you from any other individual in the world; it can probably tell your eye color, where you come from, and even prognose diseases! It is difficult to explain DNA sequencing in this blog, but I can tell you where the most DNA sequencings in Stockholm are performed: Science For Life Laboratory, or”Scilifelab” we usually call it!
Thanks to the course Frontier in Translational Medicine, a guided tour inside the Scilifelab was arranged for my class. We were fascinated not only because it would allow us to learn how the institute operates; but also we could get in tough with the bioinformaticians working there —- which would certainly be beneficial for our future career path.
At KTH, the winter semester spans from September to January, which leaves December the month with no exams, few assignments or lectures. Let’s why my classmates and I decided to visit Helsinki at the start of December.
Planning the trip
As we plan to make use of our weekend, Helsinki stands out from the options. Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, has close relationship with Sweden in history and culture. How to go to Helsinki from Stockholm? Examining the map of nordic countries gives us the obvious conclusion that “normal transportation” by train or by bus do not work in this case:
So how about ferry? There are a few companies, such as Viking Line and Silja Line, which operate ferry cruise line between cities in nordic countries. We booked an economic cabinet, which cost only 100 Kr person of a round trip Stockholm <-> Helsinki!
Finland is on your right hand side!
In Stockholm, there are three festivals to celebrate in December: Christmas, Lucia, and Nobel week!
While the Nobel banquet and Nobel Prize award ceremony seem distant, the Nobel lecture series is something that you cannot miss! It is delivered by the Nobel Prize laureates of the year, and conducted in English. Furthermore, it requires no registration, no identity check nor admission fee: all members of the general public are welcome! (for the full program list, click here)
There are two Nobel lectures:
1. Wednesday 7 December: Lecture in Physiology or Medicine
Aula Medica Karolinska Institutet, Nobels väg 6, 2.30 p.m.
2. Thursday 8 December: Lectures in Physics, Chemistry and in Economic Sciences
Aula Magna, Stockholm University, 9.00 a.m.
As my study programme is Molecular Techniques in Life Science, without a doubt, my choice is the lecture given by Dr. Ohsumi, the Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine. Because the lecture started at 14:30, I managed to arrive at 12:00 PM — there was already a long queue!
Welcome to my blog “This Stop, Stockholm”!
This blog serves for the prospective students at KTH, but is not limited to them only: here you will find information about course programmes and campus life at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and beyond that!
At the homepage, you can see four different pages at the upper part, namely “About me”, “My nordic diary”, “Science and more” and “To the prospective students”.
You have certainly read from the sidebar of this blog, that my name is Tianlin He, and I study Master’s Programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science at KTH, in Stockholm. However, there are so many things that I would like to include but could not! Here, I will talk a little bit more about myself, hope that you enjoy reading it ^_^
What shall I begin with? I was born in Jingzhou, a historical town residing near the famous Yangtze River in the middle part of China. As a typical Jingzhouer, I am proud of my city: it lives vividly over 2000 years; it is the “reservoir of fish and rice” of China; it has the most ancient and well-preserved city wall in China!
Jingzhou after the first snow