Press releases from Uppsala University
Unravelling the genetics of fungal fratricide
15 October 2018
Selfish genes are genes that are passed on to the next generation but confer no advantage on the individual as a whole, and may sometimes be harmfu...
New knowledge about retrovirus-host coevolution
8 October 2018
Retroviruses have colonised vertebrate hosts for millions of years by inserting their genes into host genomes, enabling their inheritance through g...
Artificial enzymes convert solar energy into hydrogen gas
4 October 2018
In a new scientific article, researchers at Uppsala University describe how, using a completely new method, they have synthesised an artificial enz...
World speed record for polymer simulations
4 October 2018
Star polymers are within the most topologically entangled macromolecules. For a star to move the current theory is that one arm must retract to the...
New study shows cells produce specialised protein factories under stress
3 October 2018
Prevailing dogma in biological research holds that the cell’s protein factories, the ribosomes, function the same way in all cells and in all condi...
Well established theories on patterns in evolution might be wrong
27 September 2018
How do the large-scale patterns we observe in evolution arise? A new paper in the journal Evolution by researchers at Uppsala University and Univer...
Genetic risk: Should researchers let people know?
24 September 2018
Should researchers inform research participants, if they discover genetic disease risks in the participants? Yes, many would say, if the informatio...
Bravery cells found in the hippocampus
7 September 2018
Why do some people comfortably walk between skyscrapers on a high-wire or raft the Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel whereas others freeze on the me...
How sleep loss may contribute to adverse weight gain
23 August 2018
In a new study, researchers at Uppsala University now demonstrate that one night of sleep loss has a tissue-specific impact on the regulation of ...
Catastrophic floods can trigger human resettlement away from rivers
22 August 2018
A new study by researchers at Uppsala University, published in the journal Science Advances, uses satellite nighttime light data to reveal how floo...
Working memory might be more flexible than previously thought
16 August 2018
Breaking with the long-held idea that working memory has fixed limits, a new study by researchers at Uppsala University and New York University sug...
There is not one kind of “good sperm” – it depends on other qualities in the male
16 August 2018
In a study published in Behavioral Ecology researchers from Uppsala University show that the same type of sperm is not always the best for all male...
Magnetic antiparticles offer new horizons for information technologies
15 August 2018
Nanosized magnetic particles called skyrmions are considered highly promising candidates for new data storage and information technologies. Now, ph...
The end-Cretaceous extinction unleashed modern shark diversity
2 August 2018
A study that examined the shape of hundreds of fossilized shark teeth suggests that modern shark biodiversity was triggered by the end-Cretaceous m...
Magma storage and eruptive behaviour at Bali volcano
16 July 2018
A new study by researchers at Uppsala University and the Italian National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) published in the journal ...
New research detects brain cell that improves learning
5 July 2018
The workings of memory and learning have yet to be clarified, especially at the neural circuitry level. But researchers at Uppsala University have ...
Striking differences in brain morphology between wild and domestic rabbits
25 June 2018
The most characteristic feature of domestic animals is their tame behaviour. An international team of scientists has now used high-resolution magne...
UCDP: fatalities in organised violence still decreasing
18 June 2018
New data from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP), Uppsala University shows that the number of fatalities in organised violence decreased for ...
Endocrine-disrupting pesticides impair frog reproduction
14 June 2018
In a new study, researchers from Sweden and Britain have investigated how the endocrine-disrupting substance linuron affects reproduction in the We...
Large-scale whaling in north Scandinavia may date back to 6th century
13 June 2018
The intensive whaling that has pushed many species to the brink of extinction today may be several centuries older than previously assumed. This vi...