How dreams come true: living example of UT scientist

As a result of more than 20 years of research by the scientists at the University of Tartu, the lactic acid bacteria strain ME-3, known for the last 15 years as the bacteria Hellus added to the dairy products of Tere, has now reached Estonia’s pharmacies.

ME-3 capsules were already sold in pharmacies all around Australia, the United Kingdom and Italy before reaching the shelves of Estonia’s pharmacies. The ME-3 bacterium is also added to the food supplement which normalises cholesterol levels, Reg´Activ Cholesterol, sold in 11 countries. The capsules now being sold in Estonia contain the strain in a pure and concentrated form; every capsule contains eight billion of Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3, which was discovered in 1995 from the intestine of a child from Tartu.

Professor Emerita at the University of Tartu Marika Mikelsaar went to the pharmacy at Tartu University Hospital at Maarjamõisa to see with her own eyes that the result of 20 years’ research, a dietary supplement containing ME-3 bacterium has arrived on sale in Estonia.

Marika Mikelsaar, professor emeritus at the University of Tartu (UT),together with Mihkel Zilmer, professor of medical biochemistry at UT, lead the workgroup that discovered the ME-3 strain. Last week, she visited the pharmacy of Tartu University Hospital to witness the fulfilment of a 20-year dream with her own eyes.

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The ‘Legal Ladies’ of the University of Tartu

At the University of Tartu, the law continues to be one of the fundamental pillars of the establishment, turning out many of the greatest legal minds in Europe. Students fight hard through papers, exams and internships to prove themselves as capable lawyers, but it’s not just academics which can help to dictate success while studying law.

Hannah, Helery, and Maarja are three women that you would definitely want on your side in any debate.

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A Love of TV Shows Can Make You a Doctor

Siim Sorokin, fresh from becoming a Doctor of Cultural Sciences, dedicated his thesis to the ways in which people relate to fictional characters, more specifically those from the TV show “Breaking Bad.”

Sorokin found his way toward the topic of science fiction in rather mundane circumstances: he has been an avid follower of TV series himself, according to Universitas Tartuenis, the journal of the University of Tartu.

The main character of the „Breaking Bad“ series is Walter White, a chemistry teachers who has cancer. Source: Pixabay

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My Estonian Calling

When people see or hear my name, Teele Männik, they automatically assume that a beautiful Estonian voice will come out, but they are always in for a surprise. Instead of that, they get a very strong American accent. The confused looks on peoples’ faces never get old. My story is quite elaborate and it makes for a good conversation starter.

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10 Challenging Estonian Tongue Twisters – Can You Handle Them?!

On 14 March we celebrate Mother Tongue Day, which marks the birthday of Kristjan Jaak Peterson, one of the founding fathers of the Estonian poetic tradition. This day was first recognized as a national holiday in 1999. It is now celebrated not only in Estonia but in many Estonian Houses, schools, and universities all around the world.

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The winner of the UT Blog competition is… *drum roll*

As many of you may or may not know, we had a UT Blog competition going on. We received six awesome blog posts from the most awesome students. They had the chance to write about anything they had a passion for which has a connection to the University of Tartu. They were allowed do it by themselves or with friends – it was totally up to them!

Source: Pixabay, edited by Karl

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A Game-Changing Letter from the Future

Dear Mr. NG,

Greetings from 2027!

Surprise! Welcome to the future. I know it’s hard to believe that you are reading a letter from the future, but it’s my final moment and the only chance to write back to 2018. Trust me, I understand how you are feeling right now, because I received an anonymous letter at the exact same time when I was on a semester break in Tartu in 2018.

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