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New research at Uppsala University shows that plasmids containing genes that confer resistance to antibiotics can be enriched by very low concentrations of antibiotics and heavy metals. These results strengthen the suspicion that the antibiotic residues and heavy metals (such as arsenic, silver and copper) that are spread in the environment are contributing to the problems of resistance.
By providing the infrastructure that connects global flows and financial systems, major cities have increased their political power alongside the nation-states. In some cases, they are pursuing their own foreign policy in several areas. In her PhD thesis Kristin Ljungkvist, at Uppsala University, has studied the effects of this development and argues that certain risks should be heeded.
Present-day lithium batteries are efficient but involve a range of resource and environmental problems. Using materials from alfalfa (lucerne seed) and pine resin and a clever recycling strategy, Uppsala researchers have now come up with a highly interesting alternative. Their study will be presented soon in the scientific journal ChemSusChem.
If we embrace lifestyle changes and new technology, we improve our prospects of staying healthy in old age, getting good care and reducing our dependence on others. This is the message of a new report summarising the conclusions from the conference Uppsala Health Summit in June.
The genetic changes that transformed wild animals into domesticated forms have long been a mystery. An international team of scientists has now made a breakthrough by showing that many genes controlling the development of the brain and the nervous system were particularly important for rabbit domestication. The study is published today in Science and gives answers to many genetic questions.
More than 80 percent of all drug candidates in the pharma R&D suffer from poor solubility and are therefore rejected early in the drug discovery process. Now Uppsala University researchers show that the new material Upsalite®, has great potential for development of new formulations of these rejected drugs.
In a new study published today in the journal Plos One, researchers at Uppsala University show that the harmful effect of smoking is aggravated if the person has high blood levels of PCB. This indicates that environmental contaminants interact with other risk factors for various diseases – a field the researchers claim is under-researched.
Get set for 3-4 June: Uppsala University and seven other Swedish actors, has invited politicians, opinion-makers and experts from healthcare, academia and companies to an unconditional and open dialogue on the ways forward in an ageing society. The goal of the Uppsala Health Summit is to move from knowledge to action.
The energy issue, specifically trade in natural gas, has affected the conflict and developments in Ukraine and Russia more than is generally known. This is the view of Stefan Hedlund, a researcher at the Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden, who has just published a book that addresses the very core of this highly topical subject.
It’s not only the biology of lakes that varies with the climate and other environmental factors, it’s also their chemistry. More knowledge about this is needed to understand the ecology of lakes and their role in the carbon cycle and the climate. A comprehensive study, led from Uppsala Univeristy, Sweden, is today published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications.
1.Schematic human brain with hippocampus in white. 2.Cross section of hippocampus with pyramidal cells depicted with the major incoming fibres SC (schaffer collaterals, green), TA (temperoammonic pathway, blue), SH (septohippocampal pathway, black) 3.The gatekeeper (red) counteract signaling from TA pathway, thereby allowing local inputs from SC pathway on pyramidal cells to become stronger.
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