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How blood can be rejuvenated

David Bryder (Photo: Gunnar Menander) Our blood stem cells generate around a thousand billion new blood cells every day. But the blood stem cells’ capacity to produce blood changes as we age. This leads to older people being more susceptible to anaemia, lowered immunity and a greater risk of developing certain kinds of blood cancer. Now for the first time, a research team at Lund University in Sweden has succeeded in rejuvenating blood stem cells with established reduced function in aging mice. The study is published in Nature Communications.

The King of Sweden and Canada’s Governor General on a visit to Lund

Flags On Wednesday 22 February, the Governor General of Canada David Johnston will visit Lund together with King Carl XVI Gustaf in the context of a major Canadian state visit.

Obesity reprogrammes muscle stem cells

Cajsa Davegårdh (Photo: Sara Liedholm) Obesity is associated with reduced muscle mass and impaired metabolism. Epigenetic changes that affect the formation of new muscle cells may be a contributing factor, according to new research from Lund University, Sweden.

Watch: Electric shocks make dried herbs taste better

Federico Gomez (Photo: Kennet Ruona) Certain dried herbs, such as basil, dill and coriander, can be a sad affair. But this could change. A group of researchers in Food Technology at Lund University in Sweden have discovered that by subjecting basil leaves to electric shock, the dried version both tastes and smells almost as if it were fresh.

Those who help each other can invade harsher environments

Photo: Yitzchak Ben Mocha Through cooperation, animals are able to colonise harsher living environments that would otherwise be inaccessible, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden, together with researchers in England and USA. The research community has long believed this was the other way around - that species in tough environments had to cooperate to survive. As a result the established view of why animals cooperate is turned upside-down.

Gut bacteria may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease

Frida Fåk Hållenius New research from Lund University in Sweden has shown that intestinal bacteria can accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the researchers behind the study, the results open up the door to new opportunities for preventing and treating the disease.

Watch: Malaria mosquitos sensitive to horseradish

Picture: Sabeen Survery and Urban Johanson Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have taken an important step on the road to understanding the underlying mechanism of how and why animals can feel pain in connection with cold or heat. However, according to the study, temperature is just one triggering factor – horseradish, mustard, cinnamon and wasabi have a similar effect.

Lund University awards honorary doctorate to Mary Kelly

Mary Kelly (Photo: Aasa Lunden) Artist Mary Kelly will receive an honorary doctorate degree from the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts at Lund University in Sweden at a doctorate conferment ceremony in May.

Watch: Students develop vegan, gluten-free mud cake mix

 Jitesh Jayakumar, Anna Telfser and Iliana Karasa A group of engineering students at Lund University in Sweden noticed that there were no vegan cake mixes available on the Swedish market. They set to work and came up with a dry mix that only requires the addition of oil and water. The final product contained no eggs or wheat flour, making it vegan as well as gluten-free – and had lower sugar content.

The oxygen content increased when the Earth was covered in ice

Ice landscape (Photo: Svante Björck) In the beginning, planet Earth was a very inhospitable place with no oxygen and only single-celled bacteria as inhabitants. According to a new study, the oxygen content in the air began to increase about 2.4 billion years ago, at the same time as the global glaciation and when all continents were gathered in a single huge landmass, or supercontinent. How to explain the exact connection between these events, however, is a question that baffles the researchers.

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