Article on microplastic particles to be retracted
3 May 2017
The research article on consumption of microplastics by larval fish that was reported for misconduct in research will be retracted from the journal Science. The researchers behind the study themselves requested to retract the article at the end of...
Important milestone in quest for hydrogen production using photosynthesis
3 May 2017
Hydrogen gas has long been proposed as a promising energy carrier for future energy applications, but generating the gas from water has proved inefficient. Researchers at Uppsala University have now managed to activate a key enzyme called hydrogen...
Larger schooling fish found to display stronger attraction forces
27 April 2017
In schooling fish, collective movement emerges as a result of multiple social interactions between individuals. In a new study led by researchers at Uppsala University, larger individuals have been found to display stronger attraction forces to on...
New findings hope for cancer patients with kidney failure
25 April 2017
Kidney dysfunction affects more than 50 per cent of all cancer patients, and is directly linked to poor survival. Despite the high occurrence, it is still not clear how presence of a tumour contributes to kidney dysfunction and how this can be pre...
Environmental collapse or sustainable future?
21 April 2017
Young people have a bleak view of the future. They believe we are more likely heading towards environmental collapse than towards a sustainable world. A new dissertation from Uppsala University shows that although young people in upper secondary s...
New study reveals how some chickens got striped feathers
10 April 2017
Birds show an amazing diversity in plumage colour and patterning. But what are the genetic mechanisms creating such patterns? In a new study published in PLOS Genetics, Swedish and French researchers report that two independent mutations are requi...
Revealed: The genes that affect spawning season in herring
5 April 2017
It is very important for all animals to reproduce at the time of year which gives their progeny the best chance of surviving. A new study, which compares DNA from 25 herring populations on both sides of the North Atlantic, reveals a number of gene...
Genes key to killer bee’s success
5 April 2017
In a new study, researchers from Uppsala University sequenced the genomes of Africanised bees that have invaded large parts of the world to find out what makes them so extraordinarily successful. One particular region in the genome caught the rese...
Two new supercomputers strengthen important research
4 April 2017
Bianca and Rackham are two new supercomputers that were inaugurated at Uppsala University’s UPPMAX on 24 April. They are both unique in different ways and together they enable new, cutting-edge research in fields such as bioinformatics and materia...
Why do we choose to get vaccinations?
27 March 2017
Since vaccines protect not only those who take them, but also the people who otherwise could have been infected, there are many plausible motives for choosing to get vaccinated. Apart from the most obvious – wanting to protect oneself or one’s chi...
New study to resurrect enzymes billions of years old
27 March 2017
Members of the international Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), which seeks to support frontier research in the life sciences, include organisations all over the world. Three-year Program Grants for 2017 have been awarded for a total of 30 pro...
New tool for prognosis and choice of therapy for rheumatoid arthritis
23 March 2017
In rheumatoid arthritis, antibodies are formed that affect the inflammation in the joints. In an article published today in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, researchers at Uppsala University show that antibodies against the cartilage ...
B vitamins may reduce negative health effects of air pollution
16 March 2017
A new study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Uppsala University shows that B vitamins might play a critical role in reducing the impact of air pollution on the epigenome, i.e. our cells’ ability to read a...
Measurements by school pupils paved way for key research findings
8 March 2017
With their measurements and samples, nearly 3,500 schoolchildren have assisted a research study on lakes and global warming, now published in an academic journal. The results show that water temperatures generally remain low despite the air becomi...
One in five overuses electricity at neighbours’ expense
6 March 2017
Household electricity use falls by more than 30% when residents are obliged to pay for their own personal consumption. This is shown in a new study by researchers at Uppsala University’s and the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), pu...
Time for reflection improves elderly’s mealtime experience
2 March 2017
A year of recurrent staff supervision, headed by a dietitian, at nursing homes for the elderly in Sweden resulted in a better mealtime situation for residents. Improvements were observed in how tables were laid and food was served, in sound leve...
Studying genes in clusters allows for better predictions
28 February 2017
When many genes regulate a single trait, they commonly work together in large clusters or ‘networks’. Taking this into account allows better predictions of how an individual’s genetic make-up affects the trait concerned. The risk of perceiving the...
Archaeologists at the vanguard of environmental and climate research
26 February 2017
The history of people and landscapes, whether natural or cultural, is fundamentally connected. Answering key historical questions about this relation will allow us to approach our most important environmental issues in novel ways. Today in the ope...
Rapid increase in resistant intestinal bacteria among preschool children
23 February 2017
In a new thesis Johan Kaarme, a paediatrician at Uppsala University Hospital and PhD student at the University, points to a more than sixfold increase – from just under 3% to approximately 20% – in ESBL-forming intestinal bacteria among healthy pr...
Genetic data show mainly men migrated to Europe from the Pontic steppe 5,000 years ago
21 February 2017
A new study published in PNAS, looking at the sex-specifically inherited X chromosome of prehistoric human remains, shows that hardly any women took part in the extensive migration from the Pontic-Caspian Steppe approximately 5,000 years ago.