A genetic test for Shar-pei autoinflammatory disease
27 April 2016
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
22 April 2016
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
22 April 2016
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
21 April 2016
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
12 April 2016
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
12 April 2016
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
8 April 2016
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 ...
Pinpoint cancer treatment
7 April 2016
Knowledge of the genetics underlying cancer and which patients respond well to various treatments is expanding. In Uppsala, work is being done to help develop treatments which are more adapted to individuals and methods for making earlier diagnose...
New plant species found in east Himalaya
5 April 2016
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
4 April 2016
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
30 March 2016
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
29 March 2016
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 ...
Small birds' vision: superfast rather than sharp
21 March 2016
One may expect a creature that darts around its habitat to be capable of perceiving rapid changes visually. Yet birds are famed more for their good visual acuity. Joint research by Uppsala University, Stockholm University and the Swedish Universit...
New research sheds light on the life of Saint Erik
16 March 2016
The saint's legend speaks of a king who died a dramatic death in battle outside the church where he had just celebrated mass. But what can modern science tell us about his remains? A joint research project headed by Uppsala University now reveals ...
Mosquito CSI – Bacteria reveal information of recent events in a mosquito’s life
11 March 2016
Researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Uppsala University in Sweden have found that the bacteria on and in a malaria mosquito reflect their life history. It is even possible to predict from where a mosquito was ta...
Evolutionary ‘selection of the fittest’ measured
11 March 2016
A difference of one hundredth of a percent in fitness is sufficient to select between winners and losers in evolution. For the first time researchers have quantified the tiny selective forces that shape bacterial genomes. The story is published to...
New cancer treatment to be tested
9 March 2016
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
9 March 2016
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
19 February 2016
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
18 February 2016
Individuals subjected to chronic low-dose exposure to organochlorine pesticides show an increased risk of obtaining a future diagnosis of cognitive impairment.