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Ecosystems with many and similar species can handle tougher environmental disturbances

2016-05-25
How sensitive an ecosystem is to unforeseen environmental stress can be determined, according to Daniel Bruno, previous visiting researcher at Umeå University. The approach is to study how many species there are in an ecosystem and what proportion of...

Vitamin E a potential biomarker for development of brain tumours

2016-05-19
Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden and the Cancer Registry of Norway have studied possible causes behind the development of brain tumours. The results, published in the journal Oncotarget, show differences in expression of certain molecules kno...

Extraterrestrial oceans – beneath the surface!

2016-05-19
Icy objects in our solar system have large oceans under their surfaces and here life could evolve and flourish. So says a new thesis by Jesper Lindkvist, PhD student at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics and Umeå University. The thesis will be de...

Informatics student receives Global Swede Award

2016-05-18
Fahria Kabir, master’s degree student in Human Computer Interaction and Social Media at Umeå University, received the 2016 Global Swede Award at a diploma ceremony at the Offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Stockholm on 18 May.

Luminous proteins offer new method to discover viral infections

2016-05-18
Researchers at Umeå University have developed a new method to directly follow viral infections in living organisms. This method can make infected cells produce fluorescent proteins, which means that they light up and become easier to identify. The me...

Signal proteins guide formation of sensory systems during embryonic development

2016-05-17
In embryonic studies, Umeå University researchers have found that bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signals both trigger and regulate the formation of sensory cells for smell, hearing and vision. In addition, BMP activity plays a crucial role for the ...

Selenium deficiency linked to deadly heart disease affecting pregnant women

2016-05-16
Researchers have found a close link between selenium deficiency and Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM), a heart disease that affects pregnant women and recent mothers. The study of patients in Nigeria also showed that rural women were three times more ...

Researchers show that four-stranded DNA is formed and unfolded

2016-05-16
Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have discovered that specific DNA sequences that are rich in the DNA building block guanine in the yeast species, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, can form four-stranded DNA. In a study published today in the journa...

The Independent: Sarin nerve agent antidote is within reach, scientists reveal

2016-05-12
Scientists have made a significant breakthrough in the search for new antidotes to combat deadly nerve agent sarin. A joint study published by the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) and Umeå University revealed how certain molecules could be used...

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