An ancient wolf genome2015-05-21
In a study led by Pontus Skoglund, we sequenced the the genome from a 35,000 year old wolf specimen, which we had originally found during an expedition to the Taimyr Peninsula in 2010. The results, which had an impact on our understanding of the history of domestic dogs as well as the evolution of modern-day wolves, were published in Current Biology [the paper can be found here]. Popular scientific coverage of the paper included BBC TV News, Science Magazine News, the New York Times, The Independent and NPR.
The wolf study was also highlighted as one of the Top 25 Science Stories of 2015 by ScienceNews.
Complete mammoth genomes2015-04-23
Together with colleagues from Canada, USA and Russia, we have generated two complete and high quality genomes from the woolly mammoth. The paper, "Complete genomes reveal signatures of demographic and genetic declines in the woolly mammoth", was published in Current Biology [paper at journal website]. Media coverage of the paper included the Washington Post, the BBC, the Los Angeles Times and IFL Science.
Population history and genetic variation in the woolly mammoth2013-09-11
Our paper on mitochondrial DNA diversity in the woolly mammoth was widely covered in the media, including on BBC evening news [see video here].
Field work on National Geographic Channel2013-04-10
In 2012, Love took part in a documentary movie, filmed for National Geographic Channel, that covered a field trip to northern Siberia with the aim to find megafaunal samples for genetic analyses in Stockholm and frozen mammoth tissue for cloning attempts by a South Korean team. The samples that we collected were of really good quality for genetic analyses (although, obviously, not sufficiently well preserved for cloning). Our team in Stockholm is now in the process of sequencing DNA from several of the samples. A short clip from the documentary is available at this link: [NatGeoTV Clip].