Gauze for sausage. Hope for new cancer treatment. The secret underworld of Sickla.
Gauze for sausage
Don't expect to find any gauze at pharmacies in Kiruna. Gauze has sold out since someone discovered it can be used to prepare the smoked Sami dish "gorpi," a sort of sausage. “I haven’t had a customer buy gauze for medical reasons in a long time,” says pharmacy manager Marion Paltron Jacobsson to Norrländska Socialdemokraten. Gorpi, also known as "trollkorv," is made with minced meat, shaped into bars wrapped in gauze before it's smoked.
Hope for new cancer treatment
Researchers at Lund University have made a discovery that may result in a new cancer treatment. The researchers hope that within a few years their discovery will lead to treating lung-, breast-, and intestinal cancer in a new way. Today many cancers are being treated with chemotherapy of some sort, the problem is that these treatments also attack the body’s healthy cells. “It’s often a choice between pest and cholera,” says Maria Alvarado Kristensson, researcher at the Institution of Laboratory Medicine at Lund University. Along with colleagues, she has discovered a relationship between two proteins, which can open up for a treatment that kills the tumor cells without disturbing other cells. The retinoblastoma protein normally exists in all cells, but are lacking in many cancer tumors. The researchers in Lund have discovered that this results in high levels of gamma tubulin, another kind of protein. If the gamma tubulin can be blocked, the tumor cell dies without the other cells being affected. Many of today’s cancer treatments are aimed at relatives of the gamma tubulin, without actually affecting this specific protein. “It means it shouldn’t be all that difficult to find a substance that blocks the gamma tubulin.” The study is being published in Journal of Biological Chemistry.
The secret underworld of Sickla
People have walked and even shopped over something that for most has been an unknown mine close to Sickla shopping center in Nacka. Now Sickla mine is being opened for the public to see. The entrance is through an anonymous piece of concrete just next to the shopping center. Metro.se visited the mine, which is built from Atlas Copco’s headquarters. The company uses mine tunnels to test their products. When drilling and exploding in the mine at some 40 meters deep (131 feet), nothing can be felt, heard or seen in the neighborhood. “The mountain here is very good and hard,” says Daniel Frykholm, information officer at Atlas Copco. In collaboration with Nacka municipality and Stockholms läns museum (Stockholm County Museum), guided industrial-historical tours will now be arranged every weekend starting April 21. During these tours it will be possible to visit the mine, something only Atlas Copco personnel and their customers have had access to before. Seventy years ago, Sickla was a sort of Swedish Silicon Valley in industrial development.
Gauze like this is disappearing from the shelves of pharmacies in Kiruna, since someone discovered it can be used when making the smoked Sami dish gorpi.