Better and cheaper healthcare with dry blood samples
22 May 2017
Dried blood on filter paper stored for future diagnostic purposes – considerably easier than the present-day, resource-consuming method using frozen blood samples in plastic tubes. In a new study, Uppsala researchers have successfully measured 92 ...
Mislocalized calcium channel causes insulin secretion defect in diabetes
19 May 2017
Researchers from Uppsala University have studied beta cells of type-2 diabetic donors, and find that a mislocalized calcium channel contributes to the failed insulin secretion associated with the disease.
Early COPD diagnosis could save billions of kronor
17 May 2017
If 600,000 Swedish patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) had received their diagnoses two years earlier, it could have saved more than SEK 15 billion in direct healthcare costs during the first two years after diagnosis. This ...
New decrease in number of conflict fatalities
10 May 2017
According to new data from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP), the number of fatalities in organised violence decreased for the second consecutive year in 2016. However, the large share of conflicts with external involvement is a source of c...
Newly discovered malaria mechanism gives hope to pregnant women
9 May 2017
Resistance to malaria drugs means that pregnant women are unable to overcome the anaemia caused by the malaria parasite – and their babies are born undersized. A study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University however, exposes...
Scottish badgers highlight the complexity of environmental change
8 May 2017
In a new study researchers have found that although warmer weather should benefit badger populations, the predicted human population increase in the Scottish highlands is likely to disturb badgers and counteract that effect. These results emphasis...
Ancient proteins studied in detail
8 May 2017
How did protein interactions arise and how have they developed? In a new study, researchers have looked at two proteins which began co-evolving between 400 and 600 million years ago. What did they look like? How did they work, and how have they ch...
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...