Press releases from Uppsala University
Evolution in action detected in Darwin’s finches
21 April 2016
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
21 April 2016
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
18 April 2016
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
8 April 2016
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
4 April 2016
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
23 March 2016
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
18 March 2016
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
16 March 2016
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
10 March 2016
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
8 March 2016
Human communication is powered by rules for combining words to generate novel meanings. Such syntactical rules have long been assumed to be unique ...
Antibody can provide a more exact Alzheimer’s diagnosis than brain imaging with radioactive tracers
19 February 2016
For the first time, researchers have succeeded in passing an antibody through the blood-brain barrier to act as a tracer for PET imaging of the bra...
Low-dose exposure of environmental contaminants can be harmful to the human brain
18 February 2016
Individuals subjected to chronic low-dose exposure to organochlorine pesticides show and increased risk to obtain a future diagnosis of cognitive i...
Evolution silences harmful mutations
17 February 2016
Sometimes so-called synonymous mutations occur in DNA. These do not lead to a change in the protein sequence but which may still have major negativ...
Scientists discover new microbes that thrive deep in the earth
15 February 2016
They live several kilometers under the surface of the earth, need no light or oxygen and can only be seen in a microscope. By sequencing genomes of...
Energy in new light at the Celsius-Linné lectures
12 February 2016
The human desire to master light has taken us from controlling fire to building global optical networks. But several questions still remain to be a...
New species of bird discovered in India and China by international team of scientists
20 January 2016
A new species of bird has been described in north-eastern India and adjacent parts of China by a team of scientists from Sweden, China, the US, Ind...
New method for better treatment of breast cancer
30 December 2015
A new study shows that a novel imaging-based method for defining appropriateness of breast cancer treatment is as accurate as the current standard-...
A horse of a different colour: genetics of camouflage and the Dun pattern
21 December 2015
Most horses today are treasured for their ability to run, work, or be ridden, but have lost their wild-type camouflage: pale hair with zebra-like d...
New dissertation: Windows with nanostructured coatings can cure “sick” buildings
7 December 2015
Harmful organic molecules in the indoor air can cause adverse health effects – a problem known as the “sick building syndrome”. Current air-cleanin...
Was early animal evolution co-operative?
7 December 2015
The fossil group called the Ediacaran biota have been troubling researchers for a long time. How do these peculiar organisms relate to modern organ...