Press releases from Uppsala University
Surgery unnecessary for many prostate cancer patients
12 December 2018
Otherwise healthy men with advanced prostate cancer may benefit greatly from surgery, but many with this diagnosis have no need for it. These concl...
Biologists shed new light on an old question
12 December 2018
For nearly 100 years biologists have argued about how exactly natural selection can possibly work. If nature selects the individuals with the best ...
White-browed Shortwing is not 1 but 4 species
26 November 2018
The White-browed Shortwing (Brachypteryx montana) has been considered to be a single species distributed from the central Himalayas to the southeas...
Hundreds of babblers’ DNA analysed
23 November 2018
Using DNA sequences for 402 of the 452 species of the world’s “babblers”, an international team from China, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and the US...
Gigantic mammal “cousin” discovered
22 November 2018
During the Triassic period (252–201 million years ago) mammal-like reptiles called therapsids co-existed with ancestors to dinosaurs, crocodiles, m...
Deciding not to resuscitate: nurses’ and physicians’ perspectives
15 November 2018
When deciding not to resuscitate patients in cardiac arrest, ethical issues arise. Nurses and physicians conflicting perspectives often cause frust...
The unintended consequences of dams and reservoirs
13 November 2018
An international team of drought scientists show that while many dams and reservoirs are built, or expanded, to alleviate droughts and water shor...
Researchers capture in-action images of photosynthetic protein complex splitting water
7 November 2018
In a new article published in Nature an international research team presents high-resolution images of photosystem II, the protein complex that spl...
New infrastructure for medieval literature launched
31 October 2018
Norse World is a new database which will make it easier for researchers to study perceptions of the surrounding world in Medieval Scandinavian lite...
Molecular details of protein evolution investigated
24 October 2018
Proteins govern the biology of the cell. Through random mutation the sequences of our proteins slowly change over time, usually without affecting f...
Unravelling the genetics of fungal fratricide
15 October 2018
Selfish genes are genes that are passed on to the next generation but confer no advantage on the individual as a whole, and may sometimes be harmfu...
New knowledge about retrovirus-host coevolution
8 October 2018
Retroviruses have colonised vertebrate hosts for millions of years by inserting their genes into host genomes, enabling their inheritance through g...
Artificial enzymes convert solar energy into hydrogen gas
4 October 2018
In a new scientific article, researchers at Uppsala University describe how, using a completely new method, they have synthesised an artificial enz...
World speed record for polymer simulations
4 October 2018
Star polymers are within the most topologically entangled macromolecules. For a star to move the current theory is that one arm must retract to the...
New study shows cells produce specialised protein factories under stress
3 October 2018
Prevailing dogma in biological research holds that the cell’s protein factories, the ribosomes, function the same way in all cells and in all condi...
Well established theories on patterns in evolution might be wrong
27 September 2018
How do the large-scale patterns we observe in evolution arise? A new paper in the journal Evolution by researchers at Uppsala University and Univer...
Genetic risk: Should researchers let people know?
24 September 2018
Should researchers inform research participants, if they discover genetic disease risks in the participants? Yes, many would say, if the informatio...
Bravery cells found in the hippocampus
7 September 2018
Why do some people comfortably walk between skyscrapers on a high-wire or raft the Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel whereas others freeze on the me...
How sleep loss may contribute to adverse weight gain
23 August 2018
In a new study, researchers at Uppsala University now demonstrate that one night of sleep loss has a tissue-specific impact on the regulation of ...
Catastrophic floods can trigger human resettlement away from rivers
22 August 2018
A new study by researchers at Uppsala University, published in the journal Science Advances, uses satellite nighttime light data to reveal how floo...