Press releases from Uppsala University
Why animals court their own sex
13 May 2016
Same-sex sexual behavior is common in animals but puzzles evolutionary biologists since it doesn’t carry the same obvious benefits as heterosexual ...
Dogs provide information about brain tumour development in humans
12 May 2016
Brain tumours in dogs are strikingly similar to their human tumour counterparts. In a recent study in the journal PLOS Genetics, researchers at Upp...
Coral death stops fish from learning predators
11 May 2016
In a world first study researchers have found that coral bleaching and death can have dramatic repercussions for how small reef fish learn about an...
Genetic test shows patients at risk of a serious adverse reaction to toxic goitre treatment
4 May 2016
Researchers and doctors at Uppsala University, along with Swedish and international collaboration partners, have found gene variants that predict t...
Evolution in action detected in Darwin’s finches
21 April 2016
The most characteristic feature of Darwin’s finches is the diversification of beak morphology that has allowed these species to expand their utiliz...
Bird genomes contain ‘fossils’ of parasites that now infect humans
21 April 2016
In rare instances, DNA is known to have jumped from one species to another. If a parasite’s DNA jumps to its host’s genome, it could leave evidence...
Lowered birth rates one reason why women outlive men
18 April 2016
Using unique demographic records on 140,600 reproducing individuals from the Utah Population Database (USA), a research team led from Uppsala Unive...
Jon Elster awarded this year’s Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science
8 April 2016
The Johan Skytte Prize annually recognizes the most valuable contribution to the field of Political Science. This year’s prize is awarded to Profes...
New app improves treatment of atrial fibrillation
4 April 2016
Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke. Treatment with oral anticoagulation reduces this risk but instead increases the risk of bleeding....
Decreased blood vessel leakage can improve cancer therapy and reduce tumour spread
23 March 2016
Cancer therapy is often hampered by the accumulation of fluids in and around the tumour, which is caused by leakage from the blood vessels in the t...
Small birds’ vision: not so sharp but superfast
18 March 2016
One may expect a creature that darts around its habitat to be capable of perceiving rapid changes as well. Yet birds are famed more for their good ...
New results from the analysis of the remains of Saint Erik
16 March 2016
The saint's legend speaks of a king who died a dramatic death in battle outside the church where he had just celebrated mass. But what can modern s...
Evolutionary ”selection of the fittest” measured for the first time
10 March 2016
A difference of one hundredth of a percent in fitness is sufficient to select between winners and losers in evolution. For the first time researche...
Syntax is not unique to human language – the Japanese great tits “speak” in phrases too
8 March 2016
Human communication is powered by rules for combining words to generate novel meanings. Such syntactical rules have long been assumed to be unique ...
Antibody can provide a more exact Alzheimer’s diagnosis than brain imaging with radioactive tracers
19 February 2016
For the first time, researchers have succeeded in passing an antibody through the blood-brain barrier to act as a tracer for PET imaging of the bra...
Low-dose exposure of environmental contaminants can be harmful to the human brain
18 February 2016
Individuals subjected to chronic low-dose exposure to organochlorine pesticides show and increased risk to obtain a future diagnosis of cognitive i...
Evolution silences harmful mutations
17 February 2016
Sometimes so-called synonymous mutations occur in DNA. These do not lead to a change in the protein sequence but which may still have major negativ...
Scientists discover new microbes that thrive deep in the earth
15 February 2016
They live several kilometers under the surface of the earth, need no light or oxygen and can only be seen in a microscope. By sequencing genomes of...
Energy in new light at the Celsius-Linné lectures
12 February 2016
The human desire to master light has taken us from controlling fire to building global optical networks. But several questions still remain to be a...
New species of bird discovered in India and China by international team of scientists
20 January 2016
A new species of bird has been described in north-eastern India and adjacent parts of China by a team of scientists from Sweden, China, the US, Ind...