Loss of Y chromosome increases risk of Alzheimer’s
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 increased risk of death from other causes, including many cancers. These new findings by researchers...
Ultra-fast 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 intensity and cover the THz frequency range better than current sources. The study is published today in...
New paper filter can remove 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 from water. The sheet, made of cellulose nanofibers, is called the mille-feuille filter as it has a ...
Second gene modifies effect of mutation in dog model of ALS
Canine Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a neurodegenerative disease in dogs with similarities to ALS in humans. Scientists at Uppsala University, SciLifeLab, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and the University of Missouri, have discovered a ...
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 used by physicians to screen for cognitive impairment. However, those who had quit shift work more t...
New light on the pervasiveness of same-sex sexual behavior
Same-sex sexual behavior is common in animals but puzzles evolutionary biologists since it doesn’t carry the same obvious benefits as heterosexual courtship behavior that leads to mating and production of offspring. A study from Uppsala University...
Dogs can 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 Uppsala University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences have used genetic analyses in differ...
Coral death stops baby 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 and avoid predators.
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 the risk of a serious adverse reaction to drugs used for the treatment of hyperthyroidism. The result...
A genetic test for Shar-pei autoinflammatory disease
A validated genetic test is now available to measure the copy number variant (CNV) linked to Shar-Pei Autoinflammatory Disease (SPAID), reveals an international collaboration lead by scientists and veterinarians at Uppsala, Sweden and Wurtsboro, N...
Implants can help deaf people hear again
Cochlear implants should be an alternative for patients with long-term deafness as well. This was found in a new study at Uppsala University. Previously, patients with an extended deafness duration were thought to derive limited benefit from cochl...
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 utilization of food resources in the Galápagos archipelago. Scientists from Uppsala and Princeton Universi...
Bird genome contains 'fossils' of parasites
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 of that parasitic interaction that could be found millions of years later – a DNA ‘fossil’ of sorts...
U-CAN prepares to take the next step
Six years have passed since U-CAN was tasked with seting up a unique biobank for our most common forms of cancer by the government – but are they ready to make Uppsala a global hub for leading cancer research?
U-CARE brings psychology into the digital age
Through close cooperation with patients and relatives, U-CARE has developed and established an online portal for research on psychological support and treatment in a short span of time. Now, the portal is on the verge of being integrated into the ...
New discovery for better batteries
Materials researchers at Uppsala University have made new discoveries in understanding energy storage in lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. This will help in the design of new materials for future batteries with significantly higher storage capacity ...
New plant species found in east Himalaya
The alpine vegetation of Arunachal Pradesh in East Himalaya is still poorly known. For those who manage to get access (and have the energy to climb), the area is an overwhelming botanical experience. A Swedish-Indian team has discovered several ne...
New tool 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. Today, a new blood test based tool enabling better and more individualized stroke prevention treatm...
Online international collaboration demonstrates reliabiblty of quantum simulations
Scientists from Uppsala University teamed up with colleagues from over 30 universities and institutes to investigate to what extent quantum simulations of material properties agree when they are performed by different researchers and with differen...
Decreased blood vessel leakage can improve cancer therapy
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 tumour. Researchers at Uppsala University now show how leakage from blood vessels is regulated. They ...