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Natural hazard events and national risk reduction measures unconnected

Natural hazard events and national risk reduction measures unconnected

Press releases   •   Jan 20, 2021 12:13 GMT

Countries where massive natural hazard events occur frequently are not more likely than others to make changes to reduce risks from future disasters. This is shown in an interdisciplinary Uppsala University study now published in Nature Communications.

European eels – one gene pool fits all

European eels – one gene pool fits all

Press releases   •   Jan 20, 2021 10:02 GMT

European eels spend most of their adult life in a range of fresh- and brackish waters, across Europe and Northern Africa. Using whole-genome analysis, a new study finds that all European eels belong to a single panmictic population, an extraordinary finding for a species living under such variable environmental conditions. The study is published in PNAS.

​Disrupted immune cell navigation in lymph nodes of breast cancer patients

Press releases   •   Jan 13, 2021 12:30 GMT

In breast cancer, tumours of different types have divergent effects on the functioning of the lymph nodes. In patients with invasive breast cancer, the blood vessels and supporting tissue of the lymph nodes change, but this does not occur in patients with a non-invasive form of breast cancer. This is shown in a new study from Uppsala University, published online in the scientific journal Cancers.

Antibiotic resistance from random DNA sequences

Press releases   •   Jan 08, 2021 09:38 GMT

An important and still unanswered question is how new genes that cause antibiotic resistance arise. In a new study, Swedish and American researchers have shown how new genes that produce resistance can arise from completely random DNA sequences. The results have been published in the journal PLOS Genetics.

Faulty metabolism of Parkinson’s medication in the brain linked to severe side effects

Press releases   •   Jan 07, 2021 12:41 GMT

Until now, the reason why the drug levodopa (L-Dopa), which reduces the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, declines in efficacy after a few years’ use has been unknown. A side effect that then often occur is involuntary movements. A Swedish–French collaboration, led from Uppsala University, has now been able to connect the problems with defective metabolism of L-Dopa in the brain.

Parents’ finances differently affected by having a child diagnosed with cancer

Parents’ finances differently affected by having a child diagnosed with cancer

Press releases   •   Jan 04, 2021 11:51 GMT

Mothers and fathers of children diagnosed with cancer are affected financially in different ways. While mothers’ incomes fall in the short term and then rise, the adverse financial repercussions on fathers occur later. Researchers at Uppsala University have investigated the socioeconomic impact on parents of having a child diagnosed with cancer.

New Centre for Nuclear Disarmament for Uppsala University

New Centre for Nuclear Disarmament for Uppsala University

Press releases   •   Dec 22, 2020 14:45 GMT

Today, the Swedish Government decided to assign to Uppsala University the task of setting up a new national knowledge centre for research on nuclear disarmament. With an interdisciplinary approach and researchers in fields including peace and conflict research and nuclear physics, the incipient Alva Myrdal Centre will conduct research with the goal of contributing to a safer world for humankind.

​Archives crucial for Freemasons’ identity

​Archives crucial for Freemasons’ identity

Press releases   •   Dec 22, 2020 10:42 GMT

The Order of Freemasons’ meticulous archives are fundamental to their identity. The unique structure of the masonic archives reinforces the secrecy and mystique of the self-image that has been fashioned by the Order — and characterises it in the eyes of others. This is shown in a recent thesis from Uppsala University, which focuses on the Masons’ archives in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Parlour games 400 years ago – almost like today

Parlour games 400 years ago – almost like today

Press releases   •   Dec 17, 2020 13:34 GMT

In a new thesis from Uppsala University, art historian Greger Sundin studied 16th and 17th century games that have been preserved in princely collections for example. Right at the end of his work on the thesis, he and a colleague were able to solve an over 300 year old riddle about a game in the Augsburg Art Cabinet.

Oral contraceptive pills protect against ovarian and endometrial cancer

Oral contraceptive pills protect against ovarian and endometrial cancer

Press releases   •   Dec 17, 2020 08:05 GMT

A comprehensive study from Uppsala University, involving more than 250,000 women, shows that oral contraceptive use protects against ovarian and endometrial cancer. The protective effect remains for several decades after discontinuing the use. The study is published in the journal Cancer Research.

Genome sequencing paves the way for more sustainable herring fishery

Genome sequencing paves the way for more sustainable herring fishery

Press releases   •   Dec 15, 2020 06:24 GMT

An international team of Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Irish scientists has used whole genome sequencing to characterise 53 herring populations from the Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic Sea. They have developed genetic markers that make it possible to better monitor herring populations and avoid overfishing. The study is published in the journal eLife.

New analysis method for predicting the risks and effects of immunotherapy

New analysis method for predicting the risks and effects of immunotherapy

Press releases   •   Dec 11, 2020 09:28 GMT

In a new study, researchers at Uppsala University have been able to show differences in how Rituximab, a monoclonal antibody drug, interacts with the blood of healthy individuals compared to patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. This has awakened hopes that this analysis method could pave the way for important breakthroughs in immunotherapy research and treatment.

Diabetes in dogs may indicate elevated risk of type 2 diabetes in their owners

Diabetes in dogs may indicate elevated risk of type 2 diabetes in their owners

Press releases   •   Dec 10, 2020 23:30 GMT

Owners of a dog with diabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than owners of a dog without diabetes. No shared risk of diabetes could be detected for cat owners and their cats. These novel findings, from a register-based study conducted at Uppsala University in collaboration with three other universities, have now been published in The BMJ.

Promising treatment for premenstrual dysphoric disorder, PMDD

Promising treatment for premenstrual dysphoric disorder, PMDD

Press releases   •   Dec 10, 2020 09:00 GMT

The mental symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder improve following treatment with a progesterone receptor modulator, as demonstrated by SciLifeLab researcher Erika Comasco and Professor Inger Sundström-Poromaa, Uppsala University. The mechanism of action of the study drug provides insights into the potential molecular mechanisms underlying this psychiatric disorder and its treatment.

Rare species of small cats inadequately protected

Rare species of small cats inadequately protected

Press releases   •   Nov 20, 2020 12:43 GMT

The Indian subcontinent is a hotspot for wild felines. A new study headed by Uppsala University now shows that only 6–11 per cent of the areas where three rare cat species have their habitat are protected. Lack of knowledge about these species has been an obstacle to understanding their needs for reserves. The research is presented in the journal Scientific Reports.

New semiconductor coating may pave way for future green fuels

New semiconductor coating may pave way for future green fuels

Press releases   •   Nov 18, 2020 12:40 GMT

Hydrogen gas and methanol for fuel cells or as raw materials for the chemicals industry, for example, could be produced more sustainably using sunlight, a new Uppsala University study shows. In this study, researchers have developed a new coating material for semiconductors that may create new opportunities to produce fuels in processes that combine direct sunlight with electricity.

240 mammals help us understand the human genome

240 mammals help us understand the human genome

Press releases   •   Nov 11, 2020 16:00 GMT

A large international consortium led by scientists at Uppsala University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard has sequenced the genome of 130 mammals and analysed the data together with 110 existing genomes to allow scientist to identify which are the important positions in the DNA. The study is published in Nature.

Chronic stress causes genetic changes in chickens

Press releases   •   Nov 10, 2020 10:21 GMT

How can stress in animals be measured? Scientists from Uppsala University and elsewhere have now found that what are known as epigenetic biomarkers could be used to detect long-term exposure to stress in commercially raised chickens. This may, in time, lead to improved conditions in animal rearing. The study has been published in the journal Frontiers in Genetics.

Swedish, Finnish and Russian wolves closely related

Swedish, Finnish and Russian wolves closely related

Press releases   •   Nov 10, 2020 07:05 GMT

The Scandinavian wolf originally came from Finland and Russia, and unlike many other European wolf populations its genetic constitution is virtually free from dog admixture. In addition, individuals have migrated into and out of Scandinavia. These findings have emerged from new research at Uppsala University in which genetic material from more than 200 wolves was analysed.

Half a billion years old microfossils may yield new knowledge of animal origins

Half a billion years old microfossils may yield new knowledge of animal origins

Press releases   •   Nov 09, 2020 12:39 GMT

When and how did the first animals appear? Science has long sought an answer. Uppsala University researchers and colleagues in Denmark have now jointly found, in Greenland, embryo-like microfossils up to 570 million years old, revealing that organisms of this type were dispersed throughout the world. The study is published in Communications Biology.