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2014-04-10 14:49:56

At least one in 100 horses at some point in its life will lose the ability to control of its gait as a result of developing the neurological disorder ataxia. Once found to be ataxic, the horse is often put down, or undergoes an expensive operation with dubious results. But now researchers from the University of Copenhagen and the Royal Veterinary College in the UK have shown that there is marked disagreement among veterinary surgeons about whether or not a horse is ataxic. A trip to the...

2014-04-08 13:08:14

Responsible research has been put firmly on the political agenda with, for instance, EU's Horizon 2020 program in which all research projects must show how they contribute responsibly to society. New research from the University of Copenhagen reveals that the scientists themselves place great emphasis on behaving responsibly; they just disagree on what social responsibility in science entails. Responsibility is, in other words, a matter of perspective. “We have, on the one hand,...

2014-02-25 13:58:56

Technological discovery Cells in our body are constantly dividing to maintain our body functions. At each division, our DNA code and a whole machinery of supporting components has to be faithfully duplicated to maintain the cell’s memory of its own identity. Researchers at BRIC, University of Copenhagen, have developed a new technology that has revealed the dynamic events of this duplication process and the secrets of cellular memory. The results are published in Nature Cell Biology....

2014-01-27 13:37:38

oral health and diabetes By means of so-called health coaching, researchers at the University of Copenhagen have helped a large group of diabetics to markedly improve their oral health. The patients assume responsibility for their own bodies and boost their self-efficacy through motivational health coaching, taking a different approach to conventional health campaigns and one-way communication. The research findings have just been published in the Clinical Oral Investigations. Brochures...

2014-01-02 10:21:56

"It is OK to drink a little bit of alcohol during pregnancy" or "a pregnant woman should not touch alcohol at all during her pregnancy". These statements represent the contradictory conclusions that large population studies on pregnancy and alcohol can reach. Psychologist Janni Niclasen has just defended her PhD thesis on the subject at the University of Copenhagen. She was surprised by the different results that were reached, and she decided to get to the bottom of the results by...

Expected Effects Of Climate Change May Lead To Decline Of Snail Fever In Africa
2013-12-13 13:19:49

University of Copenhagen The dangerous parasite Schistosoma mansoni that causes snail fever in humans could become significantly less common in the future a new international study led by researchers from the University of Copenhagen predicts. The results are surprising because they contradict the general assumption that climate change leads to greater geographical spread of diseases. The explanation is that the parasite’s host snails stand to lose suitable habitat due to climate change....

2013-12-03 00:21:09

Unique production platform produces complex proteins more cost-effectively to address a global health priority with no current effective cure COPENHAGEN, Denmark and SEATTLE, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CMC Biologics, known for its technical excellence in process development and cGMP manufacture of protein therapeutics, announced that earlier this year it entered into an agreement with the University of Copenhagen for process development and cGMP clinical production of VAR2CSA for a...

2013-12-02 21:18:42

In Africa, small women-owned business owners find it easier to obtain loans than their male counterparts. The reason for this distortion is that politicians and foreign aid organizations with their focus on bank loans for women encourage African banks to base their credit availability on gender. Contrary to intentions, there is thus a risk of inhibiting growth in the private sector, conclude researchers from the University of Copenhagen in the new study. The share of women-owned companies...

Decay Used To Create Quantum Information
2013-11-25 09:47:26

University of Copenhagen - Niels Bohr Institute Usually, when researchers work with quantum information, they do everything they can to prevent the information from decaying. Now researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute, among others, have flipped things around and are exploiting the decay to create the so-called entanglement of atomic systems, which is the foundation for quantum information processing. The results are published in the scientific journal, Nature. "When working with...

2013-11-21 13:45:00

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have unveiled a profound biological process that explains how DNA can be damaged during genome replication. In addition, the scientists developed a new analytical tool to measure the cell's response to chemotherapy, which could have an important impact on future cancer therapy. The results are now published in the scientific journal Cell. An international team of researchers led by Professor Jiri Lukas from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for...