New discovery: Four genes connected with OCD
Many different mutations in four genes important to the synapses of the brain can be associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder in humans. This is shown in a new study of more than 1,000 patients and roughly as many controls. The study has been...
Patients’ expectations influence effectiveness of SSRI antidepressants
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed for depression and anxiety but their superiority over placebo has been questioned, generating considerable debate among researchers and clinicians. In a new study, Uppsala Uni...
Viking Age pattern with possible Kufic script part of exhibition
What was previously thought to be typical Viking Age patterns in silver could in fact be geometric Kufic characters. Both Allah and Ali may be invoked in the patterns of the bands. These preliminary findings are presented at an exhibition at Enköp...
Mechanism behind ‘DNA scissor’ CRIPSR-Cas9 further revealed
A research group at Uppsala University has found out how CRISPR-Cas9 – also known as ‘molecular scissors’ – can search the genome for a specific DNA sequence. Cas9 already has many applications in biotechnology and is also expected to revolutionis...
Modern humans may have been around for nearly twice as long
A research team from Uppsala University and South Africa show that modern humans may have emerged 80,000–170,000 years earlier than previously believed. Their genomic analysis of ancient human remains from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa reveal that...
Epigenetic changes and disease – what is the connection?
Previous research has shown that there is a connection between epigenetic changes and some of our common illnesses. But what does this connection mean? A new study shows that external factors, such as lifestyle aspects, often affect both the epige...
Ancestor of super predator sea reptile found in Germany
A new species of extinct sea monster from the Early Jurassic has been identified by a team of German and Swedish researchers. The fossilized bones were found in a clay pit near the city of Bielefeld in Germany. The findings will be published in th...
First genetic proof that women were Viking warriors
New DNA evidence uncovered by researchers at Uppsala University and Stockholm University shows that there were in fact female Viking warriors. The remains of an iconic Swedish Viking Age grave now reveal that war was not an activity exclusive to m...
Genetic effects are influenced by lifestyle
The risk for developing obesity is influenced by our lifestyle as well as by our genes. In a new study from Uppsala University, researchers show that our genetic risk for obesity is not static, but is influenced by our lifestyle.
Fifty–fifty split best for children of divorce
Preschool children in joint physical custody have less psychological symptoms than those who live mostly or only with one parent after a separation. A new study of 3,656 children shows that 3–5-year-olds living alternately with their parents after...
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.