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CRISPR enzyme scissors cutting both DNA and RNA

2016-04-29
Discoveries on the CRISPR-Cpf1 enzyme are expected to open up for new opportunities to edit genes. This according to researchers at MIMS at Umeå University among others in a study published in the journal Nature.

Hans Adolfsson will become new Vice-Chancellor

2016-04-28
The decision has now been made. The Swedish Government has appointed Hans Adolfsson, professor in Organometallic Chemistry and currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Stockholm University, as new Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University from 1 July 2016.

Nature: Feature article on Emmanuelle Charpentier

2016-04-27
The scientific journal Nature has published a lengthy feature article on Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier, titled "The quiet revolutionary: How the co-discovery of CRISPR explosively changed Emmanuelle Charpentier’s life."

National aptitude test for newly arrived doctors in Umeå

2016-04-26
Umeå University has been commissioned by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare to perform a new national programme of aptitude tests to validate the theoretical and practical competence in medical doctors trained outside the EU and EEA. This is a part of the National Board's objective to ...

Comprehensive study of the health of Indigenous peoples

2016-04-25
A unique study published in The Lancet provides evidence of poorer health and social outcomes for Indigenous and tribal peoples around the world. The study is partly based on research led by Per Axelsson, associate professor in History at Umeå University, who studies the effect of colonisation on he...

This year’s Fine Arts graduation show opens at Bildmuseet

2016-04-22
Saturday May 7th, Bildmuseet opens the exhibition Digging for Fire by this year’s graduating students of the Master’s programme at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts.

Great interest in new Master Programme

2016-04-22
After the final master programme application date, Umeå Forum for Studies on Law and Society and Umeå Centre for Gender Studies, both at Umeå University, can happily conclude that the interest in their new Master Programme in Law, Gender and Society exceeded their expectations. With 116 first hand a...

Mapping risk zones of mosquito-borne disease

2016-04-22
Significant ecological variables of outbreaks of Risk Valley fever (RVF) in Kenya can be used to map risk zones of infectious disease both on a local and global scale as well as predict future outbreaks of the disease. This according to researchers at Umeå University among others in a study publishe...

Do fish survive in streams in winter?

2016-04-22
Most stream-resident fish stay throughout winter despite the ice. This has been shown by Christine Weber, previous researcher at Umeå University, by tagging trout and sculpins with transponders to follow fish migration. Fish’s general state of health is the single most important factor for surviving...

Mild weather since 1970s worrying for the American view on climate threat

2016-04-20
In a chronicle published in Nature, researcher Joacim Rocklöv at Umeå University reasons around the findings of a new research study showing that American’s scepticism towards climate issues are partly due to the improved weather. The cognitive dissonance taking place between self-experienced change...

Global travel and warming climates may expose parts of Europe to dengue

2016-04-20
Researchers at Umeå University have developed a model for evidence-based predictions of the mosquito-borne dengue virus. Results show that global travel and climate change increase the risk for epidemics of dengue, and potentially other climate-sensitive infectious diseases carried by mosquitos, spr...

Umeå University increasingly popular among students

2016-04-20
A total of 138,645 applications have been submitted to Umeå University study programmes and courses for the autumn term 2016. This is an increase by 1.5 per cent compared to last year. The number of first choice applicants has also increased by 4.2 per cent.

Future Forest acknowledged internationally for its collaboration

2016-04-19
The largest forest research programme in Sweden – Future Forests – is on the home straight. In an international evaluation, the programme was acknowledged to have created a good atmosphere for interdisciplinary research collaborations and collaborations with society. The evaluators are further encou...

Salmon genome mapped in vast research project

2016-04-18
The entire salmon genome has been mapped in a large project, which involved researchers at Umeå University. The results published in the journal Nature provide better chances of protecting salmon farms from viruses, but also of preserving the wild salmon species for the future.

Global increase in diabetes and obesity in previous 40 years

2016-04-18
In two separate studies, recently published in the journal The Lancet, researchers have analysed a large number of population-based studies and can now establish that the prevalence of diabetes or obesity in adults has steadily increased since 1975 and 1980, respectively. The studies covered researc...

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