Method for better treatment of breast cancer
30 December 2015
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
21 December 2015
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
17 December 2015
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
15 December 2015
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
7 December 2015
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
7 December 2015
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
2 December 2015
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
1 December 2015
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
1 December 2015
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
17 November 2015
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
10 November 2015
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
9 November 2015
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
5 November 2015
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...
Early contact with dogs linked to lower risk of asthma
2 November 2015
A team of Swedish scientists have used national registries encompassing more than one million Swedish children to study the association between early life contact with dogs and subsequent development of asthma. This question has been studied exten...
Project seeks to answer how new genes arise
28 October 2015
One of the most thought-provoking questions in basic biology research is how life first arose and developed on Earth. A new research project is bringing together a cross-disciplinary group of scientists to undertake an experimental dive into the d...
Fishes in distress signal for help
28 October 2015
In a pioneering study, researchers from Uppsala University, Sweden and James Cook University in Australia and have found that small prey fish caught by predators release chemical cues that acts as a ‘distress call’, dramatically boosting their cha...
New research project: How is vascular permeability controlled?
27 October 2015
The blood vessels in the body release substances along their entire length, but in different ways in different organs. Currently we have only a diffuse picture of what this flow looks like. Better knowledge will enhance our possibilities for treat...
Ants can show us the right path
21 October 2015
Ants can teach us how to plan infrastructure. Using mathematical modeling and field data, researchers at the Department of Mathematics at Uppsala University have found the basic rules that allow ants to build efficient and low-cost transport netwo...
Vasalopp skiers run half the risk of having heart attacks
19 October 2015
Common endemic diseases can be prevented by exercise. This has been found in a new thesis to be presented at Uppsala University. The thesis author Ulf Hållmarker is an experienced competition doctor for the long-distance ski race Vasaloppet. His r...
Unique research study aims to avert cardiopulmonary diseases
14 October 2015
Early October saw work beginning in Uppsala on SCAPIS, the Swedish research project to build a medical knowledge bank based on data from 30,000 Swedes. The purpose is to improve prevention and treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases.