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Copper a clue in the fight against cancer

10 November, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

For cancer cells to grow and spread around the human body, they need proteins that bind copper ions. New research about how cancer-related proteins bind the metal and how they interact with other proteins, opens up potential new drug targets in the fight against cancer. Human cells need small amounts of the metal copper to […]

New research reveals wastewater treatment plants can catch a cold

28 October, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

The efficient running of wastewater treatment plants is an essential part of modern society. Just like humans, wastewater treatment plants can get sick, due to viral attacks. Now, new research from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, reveals the implications for the surrounding environment in case the plant catches a cold. From the study, the researchers have shown there is a clear relationship between virus concentration and the amount of dissolved organic carbon present in the effluent water. More of this carbon in the effluent water, means increased oxygen consumption in the surrounding bodies of water where the effluent is discharged. This could have potential negative impacts on the aquatic ecosystems nearby.

Long-term mystery on muscle mechanisms may be solved – can lead to better drugs

10 August, 2022 - Linnéuniversitetet

New knowledge about the very smallest muscle components, myosin and actin, can contribute to more effective treatment methods for heart and muscle diseases. Together with a research group from Canada, researchers at Linnaeus University have come up with answers that have eluded the research community for decades. The question concerning what happens at the molecular […]

Discovery about a cause of prostate cancer rewarded with the Sjöberg Prize

15 February, 2022 - Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien

Arul M. Chinnaiyan, University of Michigan, USA, is awarded this year’s Sjöberg Prize, worth one million US dollars, for his discovery of the fusion gene responsible for more than half of all prostate cancer cases. This has significantly improved our understanding of one of the most common types of cancer and already contributed to better diagnostics. It also holds great potential for improving the care of thousands of patients in the future.

Molecular mixing creates super stable glass

14 October, 2021 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Image: Researcher Sandra Hultmark works with a sample of the new glass material using a FSC (Fast Scanning Calorimetry) machine. The illustration on the left shows the eight different perylene molecules that were investigated in the study. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have succeeded in creating a new type of super-stable, durable glass […]

Researchers monitor mRNA to help time its great escape to perfection

9 June, 2021 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

The ease by which mRNA-based drugs are taken up by cells in tissues is crucial to their therapeutic effectiveness. Now, a new detection method developed by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and AstraZeneca could lead to faster and better development of the small droplets known as lipid nanoparticles, which are the main method […]

Transport system in the human brain studied in new dissertation

12 March, 2021 - Linnéuniversitetet

Proteins are often called the building stones of our bodies – rightly so. Almost everything that goes on in our bodies involves proteins in one way or another. In a new dissertation in chemistry, Dick Sjöström zooms in on a specific transport protein which we could use to develop medicines and treatment for, among other […]

Antibiotic resistance may spread even more easily than expected

21 January, 2021 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Pathogenic bacteria in humans are developing resistance to antibiotics much faster than expected. Now, computational research at Chalmers University of Technology shows that one reason could be significant genetic transfer between bacteria in our ecosystems and to humans. This work has also led to new tools for resistance researchers. According to the World Health Organisation, […]

Sweden’s new innovation centre for information driven care

10 September, 2020 - Högskolan i Halmstad

Leap for Life is a new innovation centre for information driven care. It is a joint initiative in the county of Halland for a collaborative effort in future healthcare between Halmstad University, Region Halland, all municipalities in Halland and the region’s business sector.

New knowledge of the muscular system important for future treatment of diseases

16 October, 2019 - Linnéuniversitetet

When a muscle is activated, it is the proteins myosin and actin that go to work. Myosin molecules take hold of actin molecules and pull, like rope pulling, in a process that gets energy from the use of the cellular fuel ATP. In his dissertation, Mohammad Ashikur Rahman has conducted extensive studies of the mechanical […]