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Kan mors medisiner passere over til barnet via brystmelken?

European mega-venture for safe medications during pregnancy

“It takes an estimated 27 years to determine if a novel medication can be used by pregnant women without risking adverse effects on the fetus or child. This just can’t continue any longer”, says Professor Hedvig Nordeng at the University of Oslo’s Department of Pharmacy.

Bakterier som Yersinia enterocoloitica bruker klebrige utvekster for å feste seg til et underlag

A novel antibiotic idea: Preventing bacterial stickiness

Antibiotics most commonly work by killing bacteria, for example by destroying their cell wall or by interfering with protein synthesis. Now researchers at UiO are launching a completely new idea: They want to prevent bacteria from sticking to a substrate, before an infection can even occur.

Dypvannsfisken Diretmus argenteus

Deep-sea fish see color in pitch-black darkness

Humans, along with many other mammals, must make do with four different light-sensitive proteins in the rods and cones of our retinas. However, fish species living in the deep sea can have up to 40 different proteins aiding their vision. This means that they most likely see some sort of color where humans would only see pitch-black darkness.

Fahri Saatcioglu er professor ved Institutt for biovitenskap

Promising new treatment for prostate cancer

Professor Fahri Saatcioglu at the University of Oslo leads a research group that has discovered a new treatment with very strong effect against the growth of prostate cancer cells, both in animal experiments and in cell cultures.

Dagens islandshester nedstammer antakelig fra hestene som ble gravlagt sammen med vikinger på Island.

Powerful Icelandic Vikings were buried with stallions

Ancient DNA from 19 horses found in Viking graves on Iceland have been examined, and the researchers found that all the horses, except one, were male. This implies that the virile and somewhat aggressive male horses were slaughtered in a ritual that was intented to demonstrate power and status.

Den belgiske kunstneren og bokbinderen Pierart dout Tielts fremstilling av innbyggerne i Tornai som begraver de som er døde av pest.

Fur trade may have spread the plague through Europe

A new ancient DNA study shows that 14th century plague outbreaks might have resulted from repeated introductions of Yersinia pestis to Europe. Commercial trade routes, including the fur trade routes, would have contributed to the rapid spread of plague in whole Europe during the Middle Ages.