Genome sequencing reveals extensive inbreeding in wolves
Researchers from Uppsala University and others have for the first time determined the full genetic consequences of intense inbreeding in a threatened species. The large-scale genomic study of the Scandinavian wolf population is reported in Nature ...
Dog ownership linked to lower mortality
A team of Swedish scientists have used national registries of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health. Their study shows that dog owners had a lower risk of death due to c...
Breastfeeding does not protect children against asthma and allergies
The effect of breastfeeding on the risk of developing asthma and allergy has been debated for a long time. In a recent study, Uppsala University researchers show that breastfeeding might in fact increase the risk of developing hay fever and eczema...
“Politicians must address water problems”
Ashok Swain wants to increase political awareness of water problems in the world. With his new appointment as UNESCO Chair on International Water Cooperation, he hopes to have a stronger impact on politicians worldwide.
Diabetes researchers believe the future is bright
Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the world, but as yet there exists no known cure for the malady. Now, as part of an international collaboration, researchers at Uppsala University will attempt to reprogram cells involved in insul...
New study may improve treatment of intestinal tumours
Patients with neuroendocrine tumours that have spread beyond the intestines should not have surgery before they present with abdominal-related symptoms. This is shown in a new study by researchers at Uppsala University, who hope the results will h...
Anti-myeloma agent opens for new treatment strategy
The tumour form multiple myeloma is very challenging to treat and is still considered incurable. In a recently published study in the scientific journal Oncotarget, researchers at Uppsala University show how inhibition of the protein BMI-1 could b...
New discovery: Four genes connected with OCD
Many different mutations in four genes important to the synapses of the brain can be associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder in humans. This is shown in a new study of more than 1,000 patients and roughly as many controls. The study has been...
Patients’ expectations influence effectiveness of SSRI antidepressants
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed for depression and anxiety but their superiority over placebo has been questioned, generating considerable debate among researchers and clinicians. In a new study, Uppsala Uni...
Exhibition: Viking Age patterns may be Kufic script
What was previously thought to be typical Viking Age, silver patterns on woven silk bands, could in fact be geometric Kufic characters. As part of an exhibition at the Enköping Museum, ongoing research is presented where a textile archaeological a...
Mechanism behind ‘DNA scissor’ CRIPSR-Cas9 further revealed
A research group at Uppsala University has found out how CRISPR-Cas9 – also known as ‘molecular scissors’ – can search the genome for a specific DNA sequence. Cas9 already has many applications in biotechnology and is also expected to revolutionis...
Modern humans may have been around for nearly twice as long
A research team from Uppsala University and South Africa show that modern humans may have emerged 80,000–170,000 years earlier than previously believed. Their genomic analysis of ancient human remains from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa reveal that...
Epigenetic changes and disease – what is the connection?
Previous research has shown that there is a connection between epigenetic changes and some of our common illnesses. But what does this connection mean? A new study shows that external factors, such as lifestyle aspects, often both affect the epige...
Ancestor of super predator sea reptile found in Germany
A new species of extinct sea monster from the Early Jurassic has been identified by a team of German and Swedish researchers. The fossilized bones were found in a clay pit near the city of Bielefeld in Germany. The findings will be published in th...
First genetic proof that women were Viking warriors
New DNA evidence uncovered by researchers at Uppsala University and Stockholm University shows that there were in fact female Viking warriors. The remains of an iconic Swedish Viking Age grave now reveal that war was not an activity exclusive to m...
Genetic effects are influenced by lifestyle
The risk for developing obesity is influenced by our lifestyle as well as by our genes. In a new study from Uppsala University, researchers show that our genetic risk for obesity is not static, but is influenced by our lifestyle.
Fifty–fifty split best for children of divorce
Preschool children in joint physical custody have less psychological symptoms than those who live mostly or only with one parent after a separation. A new study of 3,656 children shows that 3–5-year-olds living alternately with their parents after...
Fossil footprints challenge established theories of human evolution
Newly discovered human-like footprints from Crete may put the established narrative of early human evolution to the test. The footprints are approximately 5.7 million years old and were made at a time when previous research puts our ancestors in A...
New blood test reveals risk of coronary artery disease
A study led by researchers at Uppsala University, which included more than 13,000 patients, has resulted in a new tool that will facilitate the treatment of patients with stable coronary artery disease.
New method could facilitate child interrogations
In many different contexts, adults may want to know more about children’s experiences, such as in healthcare, the social services or the legal system. It is therefore important that there are good and reliable interview methods. In a new study, re...