Fossil footprints challenge established theories of human evolution
Newly discovered human-like footprints from Crete may put the established narrative of early human evolution to the test. The footprints are approximately 5.7 million years old and were made at a time when previous research puts our ancestors in A...
New blood test reveals risk of coronary artery disease
A study led by researchers at Uppsala University, which included more than 13,000 patients, has resulted in a new tool that will facilitate the treatment of patients with stable coronary artery disease.
New method could facilitate child interrogations
In many different contexts, adults may want to know more about children’s experiences, such as in healthcare, the social services or the legal system. It is therefore important that there are good and reliable interview methods. In a new study, re...
New ancient sea reptile found in Germany – earliest of its kind
A previously unrecognised 132 million-year-old fossilised sea monster from northern Germany has been identified by an international team of researchers.
Millions of uncommon genetic variants found in Swedish study
An extensive exercise to map genetic variation in Sweden has found 33 million genetic variants, 10 million of which were previously unknown. Large-scale DNA sequencing methods were used to analyse the whole genome of 1,000 individuals from differe...
Online support helps parents of children with cancer
Online support can help parents of children with cancer to cope with symptoms of post-traumatic stress and depression. This finding emerges from a study by researchers at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health at Uppsala University.
Researchers focus on the genetics of rapidly growing chickens
Through targeted breeding, animal geneticists have quickly developed very rapidly growing chickens. This is one of the reasons that the price of chicken meat is so low today. Despite the major economic significance of chicken growth, very little i...
Unique pathology atlas paves the way for personalised cancer treatment
A unique pathology atlas is now being launched and made available to researchers all over the world. It maps cancer-related genes and opens up a new route towards personalised cancer treatment.
Functions at old age influenced by previous lifestyle
"Which factors increase the chance of aging with well-maintained functions?" Older men who never smoked, avoided obesity and had held a healthy Mediterranean-inspired diet have good chances of maintaining their independence at a very high age.
New ultrafast method for determining antibiotic resistance
Researchers at Uppsala University have developed a new method for very rapidly determining whether infection-causing bacteria are resistant or susceptible to antibiotics.
New insight into how immune cells are formed
In contrast to what has been previously believed, development of blood stem cells to mast cells, a type of specialised immune cell, does not depend on a growth factor called stem cell factor. This has been demonstrated in a new collaborative study...
Blocked enzyme can stop growth in brain tumour cells
By blocking of an enzyme that affects the cellular microenvironment it is possible to stop brain tumour cells from growing. This is shown in a new study published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics by researchers at Uppsala University in...
New method shortcut in drug development
In the latest issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a research group at Uppsala University presents a new, small-scale method that may become a smart shortcut for determining the “bioavailability” of a pharma...
Longer-lived sperm produce healthier offspring
Males produce hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions of sperm within a single ejaculate depending on the species. Does it matter then which sperm is actually fertilising the egg? Research published today shows that selecting for longer-liv...
The amount of Epac2A at the secretory vesicles controls insulin release
Specialized beta cells in the pancreas release the hormone insulin to control our blood glucose levels, and failure of this mechanism is central to the development of type-2 diabetes. How much and when insulin is released depends on a complex syst...
More myocardial infarctions on Mondays and winter holidays - less during summer vacation
Time periods by calendar related to perceived stress are associated with the incidence rate of myocardial infarction (MI), says a new nationwide registry study of the Swedish population. Compared to control days, the daily incidence rate of MI was...
Job applicants over 40 filtered out by employers
Job applicants are filtered out as early as age 40. This was shown by economist Stefan Eriksson at Uppsala University, one of the authors of a new report from the Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (IFAU).
New study: many diabetes patients produce some insulin
Some insulin is still produced in almost half of patients that have had type 1 diabetes for more than ten years. The study conducted by researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden has now been published online by the medical journal Diabetes Care.
Bone disease in Västerbotten can be traced to the Middle Ages
The special form of the bone disease osteopetrosis that exists in Västerbotten is due to a gene mutation that can be traced back to the Middle Ages and leads to defective bone resorption, according to new research led at Uppsala University.
Birds genetically programmed to recognise their species’ song
Young birds discriminate and selectively learn their own species’ songs even when primarily exposed to the songs of other species, but the underlying mechanism has remained unknown. A new study, by researchers at Uppsala University, shows that son...