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High-powered living DNA cannon

13 April, 2005 - Lunds universitet

We all know that a viral infection can developed extremely
quickly, but in fact it’s even more dramatic than that – the process is literally explosive. The pressure inside a virus is 40 atmospheres, and it is just waiting for an opportunity to blow up. The virus is like a living DNA cannon, and just how this cannon functions has been mapped by Dr. Alx Evilevitch at the Department of Biochemistry at Lund University. This is knowledge that will have applications in gene therapy, drug development, nanotechnology and the treatment of infections.

Breakthrough findings by Umeå researchers link obesity to diabetes

13 April, 2005 - Umeå universitet

A research team headed by Professor Helena Edlund at Umeå University in Sweden has achieved a breakthrough in our understanding of how obesity causes increased levels of insulin, sugar, and blood fats leading to diseases like type-2 diabetes and liver degeneration. The findings also indicate a direct way to prevent these diseases.

Climatic factors may trigger outbreak of tularaemia (rabbit fever)

13 April, 2005 - Mittuniversitetet

What causes an outbreak of tularaemia (rabbit fever) has until now been a mystery, and where the bacteria go between outbreaks is still unknown. Climatic factors have now been shown to be a possible trigger for outbreaks of the disease in a study carried out by Thomas Palo, Mid Sweden University, and Clas Ahlm and Arne Tärnvik, Umeå University.

EU award for robot that saves human drudgery

13 April, 2005 - Lunds universitet

A new way to control industrial robots, developed by Lund University in collaboration with the company ABB, has been awarded first prize by Euron, an official EU network in robotics. Using the award-winning technology, robots can react instantly and with great precision correct any defect in a piece of work in serial production, for example. In other words, they can relieve many human beings who perform such work manually today.

Cyanobacteria (“blue-green algae”) produce toxin with possible connection to neurodegerative disorders

8 April, 2005 - Stockholms universitet

It is well known that a tiny number of cyanobacteria, previously known as blue-green algae, produce substances that can be toxic to both humans and animals. Now a research team from Sweden, Scotland, and the U.S. has found that a further toxin (BMAA, -methyl amino-alanine) with a possible connection to degenerative nerve diseases like ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s is produced by cyanobacteria that are widespread around the world.

Risk-takers most successful small-scale entrepreneurs

8 April, 2005 - Mälardalens universitet

Entrepreneurs who are quick to think along new lines, invest in new technology, and who dare to take risks are more successful than more traditional small-scale business people. This was found in a study carried out among 14 manufacturing companies mainly in the Mälaren Valley in central Sweden.

Powerful mold-inhibiting bacteria patented

8 April, 2005 - SLU

Bacteria that produce lactic acid have been used for thousands of years to preserve food. Some lactic acid bacteria also produce several other mold-inhibiting substances and are therefore of special interest to agriculture and the foodstuffs industry. This is demonstrated in a dissertation by Jörgen Sjögren from the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences, SLU. One of the bacteria strains studied has been patented and will be part of a new biological conservation preparation.