Climate warming reduced crossbreeding between two songbird species
Global climate warming is a major threat to many living organisms. However, a recent study shows that two bird species react differently to warmer spring temperatures, which has reduced the negative effects of competition and crossbreeding. Both s...
New dissertation on the treatment of malignant melanoma
Malignant melanoma is one of the most common causes of cancer deaths among young adults. Although treatment for melanoma has improved in recent years, most patients do not benefit from the treatment, which also often causes side effects. In a new ...
Solar cells for buildings upgraded in new EU project
It looks like ordinary black glass, but the entire façade produces electricity. The Frodeparken apartment block in Uppsala is covered with thin-film solar cells developed from research at the University. Uppsala is also leading an international EU...
The origin of a new species of finches observed
Darwin’s finches in the Galápagos archipelago provide an iconic model for the evolution of biodiversity on earth due to natural selection. A team of scientists from Princeton University and Uppsala University now reports that they have observed th...
The brain chemistry of shyness
Welcome, Tomas Furmark, Professor in the Department of Psychology. You’ve received research funding from the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences to examine the chemical processes behind shyness and social anxiety disorder. What ...
Refugee crisis analysed in new project
Was the 2015 refugee crisis a crisis of refugees in itself, or a question of the EU’s internal borders, political polarisation and inadequate crisis management? In a new research project funded by EU Horizon 2020 and led from Uppsala University, t...
Genome sequencing reveals extensive inbreeding in wolves
Researchers from Uppsala University and others have for the first time determined the full genetic consequences of intense inbreeding in a threatened species. The large-scale genomic study of the Scandinavian wolf population is reported in Nature ...
Dog ownership linked to lower mortality
A team of Swedish scientists have used national registries of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health. Their study shows that dog owners had a lower risk of death due to c...
Breastfeeding does not protect children against asthma and allergies
The effect of breastfeeding on the risk of developing asthma and allergy has been debated for a long time. In a recent study, Uppsala University researchers show that breastfeeding might in fact increase the risk of developing hay fever and eczema...
“Politicians must address water problems”
Ashok Swain wants to increase political awareness of water problems in the world. With his new appointment as UNESCO Chair on International Water Cooperation, he hopes to have a stronger impact on politicians worldwide.
Diabetes researchers believe the future is bright
Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the world, but as yet there exists no known cure for the malady. Now, as part of an international collaboration, researchers at Uppsala University will attempt to reprogram cells involved in insul...
New study may improve treatment of intestinal tumours
Patients with neuroendocrine tumours that have spread beyond the intestines should not have surgery before they present with abdominal-related symptoms. This is shown in a new study by researchers at Uppsala University, who hope the results will h...
Anti-myeloma agent opens for new treatment strategy
The tumour form multiple myeloma is very challenging to treat and is still considered incurable. In a recently published study in the scientific journal Oncotarget, researchers at Uppsala University show how inhibition of the protein BMI-1 could b...
New discovery: Four genes connected with OCD
Many different mutations in four genes important to the synapses of the brain can be associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder in humans. This is shown in a new study of more than 1,000 patients and roughly as many controls. The study has been...
Patients’ expectations influence effectiveness of SSRI antidepressants
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed for depression and anxiety but their superiority over placebo has been questioned, generating considerable debate among researchers and clinicians. In a new study, Uppsala Uni...
Exhibition: Viking Age patterns may be Kufic script
What was previously thought to be typical Viking Age, silver patterns on woven silk bands, could in fact be geometric Kufic characters. As part of an exhibition at the Enköping Museum, ongoing research is presented where a textile archaeological a...
Mechanism behind ‘DNA scissor’ CRIPSR-Cas9 further revealed
A research group at Uppsala University has found out how CRISPR-Cas9 – also known as ‘molecular scissors’ – can search the genome for a specific DNA sequence. Cas9 already has many applications in biotechnology and is also expected to revolutionis...
Modern humans may have been around for nearly twice as long
A research team from Uppsala University and South Africa show that modern humans may have emerged 80,000–170,000 years earlier than previously believed. Their genomic analysis of ancient human remains from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa reveal that...
Epigenetic changes and disease – what is the connection?
Previous research has shown that there is a connection between epigenetic changes and some of our common illnesses. But what does this connection mean? A new study shows that external factors, such as lifestyle aspects, often both affect the epige...
Ancestor of super predator sea reptile found in Germany
A new species of extinct sea monster from the Early Jurassic has been identified by a team of German and Swedish researchers. The fossilized bones were found in a clay pit near the city of Bielefeld in Germany. The findings will be published in th...