New cancer treatment to be tested
The Swedish Medical Products Agency and the Regional Ethics Committee have approved the initiation of a clinical trial for a completely new form of neuroendocrine cancer treatment that uses an oncolytic virus. The virus owes its development to don...
Bird species found to use syntax
Human communication is powered by rules for combining words to generate novel meanings. Such syntactical rules have long been assumed to be unique to humans, but a new study shows that Japanese great tits also combine their calls using specific ru...
Antibody can be used to detect Alzheimers with higher precision
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 brain. This resulted in more precise information being obtained than with regular radioactive tracers. ...
Environmental contaminants increase risk of dementia
Individuals subjected to chronic low-dose exposure to organochlorine pesticides show an increased risk of obtaining a future diagnosis of cognitive impairment.
New microbe found thriving deep in the earth
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 a newly discovered group of microbes, the Hadesarchaea, an international team of researchers have f...
New bird species found in India and China
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, India and Russia, headed by Professor Per Alström, Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agr...
Peace researchers look back on a conflict-laden 2015
Researchers at the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) are busy compiling data on how organised violence affected the world in 2015. It is clear that the alarming development of 2014, with large amounts of casualties from armed conflicts, continu...
Method for better treatment of breast cancer
A new study shows that a novel imaging-based method for defining appropriateness of breast cancer treatment is as accurate as the current standard-of-care and could reduce the need for invasive tissue sampling. The results suggest that the method ...
Genetics of camouflage and the Dun pattern in horses
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 dark stripes and markings known as the Dun pattern. Now an international team of scientists has disco...
New centre to develop future protein-based drugs
At the turn of the year, a new centre for protein research is to open in Sweden. Uppsala University is one of three higher education institutions involved in the Wallenberg Centre for Protein Research, WCPR. Its purpose will be to continue the ide...
Pregnancy does not increase risk of Hodgkin lymphoma recurrence
Pregnancy does not increase the risk of relapse among women successfully treated for Hodgkin lymphoma. This according to a new study from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University published in The Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Windows with nanostructured coatings can cure ‘sick’ buildings
Harmful organic molecules in the indoor air can cause adverse health effects—a problem known as the ‘sick building syndrome’. Current air-cleaning technologies require both energy and upkeep, but a promising new solution is being developed at Upps...
Early animal evolution may have been co-operative
The fossil group called the Ediacaran biota have been troubling researchers for a long time. How do these peculiar organisms relate to modern organisms? In a new study, published in Biological Reviews, researchers from Sweden and Spain suggest the...
Researchers enlist gamers to find something fishy about mathematical models
How can you tell if your mathematical model is good enough? In a new study, researchers from Uppsala University implemented a Turing test in the form of an online game (with over 1700 players) to assess how good their models were at reproducing co...
Blood test reveals how old your body really is
Now a simple blood test can reveal your biological age—how old your body really is. This was found in a new study from Uppsala University, the results of which are now being published in the open-access journal Scientific Report (Nature Publishing...
Posttraumatic stress disorder reveals imbalance between signalling systems in the brain
Experiencing a traumatic event can cause life-long anxiety problems, called posttraumatic stress disorder. Researchers from Uppsala University and Karolinska Institutet now show that people with posttraumatic stress disorder have an imbalance betw...
'Supergene' causes differing mating behaviors in male ruffs
The ruff is a Eurasian shorebird that has a spectacular lekking behaviour where highly ornamented males compete for females. Now two groups report that males with alternative reproductive strategies carry a chromosomal rearrangement that has been ...
Northern lakes act as carbon dioxide chimneys in a warming world
Many of the world’s approximately 117 million lakes act as wet chimneys releasing large amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, CO2, into the atmosphere. The most recent estimates show that CO2 emissions from the world’s lakes, water courses...
Tablet use can benefit bilingual preschoolers
Bilingual preschool children can use digital tablets as a special resource. They can listen to books in their language, use pedagogical applications, and communicate with children in other preschools using for example Skype—which is particularly i...
Joint laboratory inaugurated by physicists in Uppsala and Berlin
In the beginning of november, the Uppsala Berlin Joint Laboratory was inaugurated, including two large instruments based on technology developed at Uppsala University. The technology will facilitate advanced joint studies of electron structures in...