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Deforestation in Amazon basin could disrupt the distant rainforest by remote climate connection

Minchao Wu The ongoing deforestation around the fringes of the Amazon may have serious consequences for the untouched deeper parts of the rainforest. A new research study shows that it is not only the climate that is adversely affected by deforestation. In fact, the very stability of the ecosystem in the entire Amazon region is altered when deforestation takes place in the outermost regions.

Large-scale production of living brain cells enables entirely new research

Photo: Kennet Ruona Important pieces of the puzzle to understand what drives diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are still missing today. One crucial obstacle for researchers is that it is impossible to examine a living brain cell in someone who is affected by the disease. With the help of a new method for cell conversion, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have found a way to produce diseased, aging brain cells on a large scale in a cell culture dish.

The world’s largest canary

Photo: August Thomasson Biologists at Lund University, together with their colleagues from Portugal and the UK, have now proven that the endangered São Tomé grosbeak is the world’s largest canary – 50 per cent larger than the runner-up.

Broccoli in focus when new substance against diabetes has been identified

Broccoli Researchers have identified an antioxidant – richly occurring in broccoli – as a new antidiabetic substance. A patient study shows significantly lower blood sugar levels in participants who ate broccoli extract with high levels of sulforaphane.

Silver atom nanoclusters could become efficient biosensors

Equipment used to study the silver nanoclusters. Photo: Marcelo Alcocer Researchers have now managed to pinpoint what happens when light is absorbed by extremely small nanoclusters of silver atoms. The results may have useful application in the development of biosensors and in imaging.

The role of vitamin A in diabetes

Albert Salehi (Photo: Sara Liedholm) There has been no known link between diabetes and vitamin A – until now. A new study suggests that the vitamin improves the insulin producing β-cell´s function.

Time to apply for spring 2018 studies

Applying to Lund University The application period for spring 2018 studies is now open. The deadline to apply is 15 August 2017.

Cholesterol - a key player at the lung surface

Emma Sparr (Photo: Gunnar Menander) Cholesterol, a naturally occurring compound at the lung surface, has been shown to have a clear effect on the properties of this nanoscale film that covers the inside of our lungs. Cholesterol levels in this system may affect the lung’s function, according to researchers at Lund University in Sweden who have published a new study on the significance of cholesterol for lung surface properties. The new findings provide new insights into this vital physiological system.

New test method aims to predict allergenic potency of chemicals

Malin Lindstedt (Photo: Charlotte Carlberg-Bärg) Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have developed a method which determines not only whether a chemical or substance is allergenic, but also how strong its potential for causing hypersensitivity is. This will aid in the establishment of so-called threshold values – or how much of a substance is safe to use in a product. Until now, the only way of achieving similar results has been through animal testing.

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