Press releases from Uppsala University
Loss of Y chromosome in blood cells associated with developing Alzheimer’s disease
Men with blood cells that do not carry the Y chromosome are at greater risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This is in addition to an ...
New method to create terahertz radiation advances materials science
Uppsala physicists have in an international collaboration developed a new method for creating laser pulses which are shorter, have much higher inte...
Mille-feuille-filter removes viruses from water
A simple paper sheet made by scientists at Uppsala University can improve the quality of life for millions of people by removing resistant viruses ...
New study shows how shift work affects cognitive functions
A new study from Uppsala University shows that compared to non-shift workers, shift workers needed more time to complete a test that is frequently ...
Second gene modifies effect of mutation in DM, a dog model of ALS
Canine Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a neurodegenerative disease in dogs with similarities to ALS in humans. Scientists at Uppsala University, Sc...
Childhood obesity in focus at 2016 Uppsala Health Summit
In just a few decades, the number of overweight and obese adults and children in the world has reached alarming levels, not least in low-income cou...
Why animals court their own sex
Same-sex sexual behavior is common in animals but puzzles evolutionary biologists since it doesn’t carry the same obvious benefits as heterosexual ...
Dogs provide information about brain tumour development in humans
Brain tumours in dogs are strikingly similar to their human tumour counterparts. In a recent study in the journal PLOS Genetics, researchers at Upp...
Coral death stops fish from learning predators
In a world first study researchers have found that coral bleaching and death can have dramatic repercussions for how small reef fish learn about an...
Genetic test shows patients at risk of a serious adverse reaction to toxic goitre treatment
Researchers and doctors at Uppsala University, along with Swedish and international collaboration partners, have found gene variants that predict t...
Evolution in action detected in Darwin’s finches
The most characteristic feature of Darwin’s finches is the diversification of beak morphology that has allowed these species to expand their utiliz...
Bird genomes contain ‘fossils’ of parasites that now infect humans
In rare instances, DNA is known to have jumped from one species to another. If a parasite’s DNA jumps to its host’s genome, it could leave evidence...
Lowered birth rates one reason why women outlive men
Using unique demographic records on 140,600 reproducing individuals from the Utah Population Database (USA), a research team led from Uppsala Unive...
Jon Elster awarded this year’s Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science
The Johan Skytte Prize annually recognizes the most valuable contribution to the field of Political Science. This year’s prize is awarded to Profes...
New app improves treatment of atrial fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke. Treatment with oral anticoagulation reduces this risk but instead increases the risk of bleeding....
Decreased blood vessel leakage can improve cancer therapy and reduce tumour spread
Cancer therapy is often hampered by the accumulation of fluids in and around the tumour, which is caused by leakage from the blood vessels in the t...
Small birds’ vision: not so sharp but superfast
One may expect a creature that darts around its habitat to be capable of perceiving rapid changes as well. Yet birds are famed more for their good ...
New results from the analysis of the remains of Saint Erik
The saint's legend speaks of a king who died a dramatic death in battle outside the church where he had just celebrated mass. But what can modern s...
Evolutionary ”selection of the fittest” measured for the first time
A difference of one hundredth of a percent in fitness is sufficient to select between winners and losers in evolution. For the first time researche...
Syntax is not unique to human language – the Japanese great tits “speak” in phrases too
Human communication is powered by rules for combining words to generate novel meanings. Such syntactical rules have long been assumed to be unique ...