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GLUTEN

Should you eat a low-gluten diet?

When healthy people eat a low-gluten and fibre-rich diet compared with a high-gluten diet they experience less intestinal discomfort including less bloating which researchers at University of Copenhagen show are due to changes of the composition and function of gut bacteria. The new study also shows a modest weight loss following low-gluten dieting.

CLIMATE 14/11 2018

New discovery: The Greenland Icesheet emits methane to the atmosphere

For the first time researchers has documented, that methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, is emitted directly to the atmosphere from under the ice and not only from wet permafrost soils. This new knowledge can change the way we measure how much methane is emitted from the land surface in the Arctic.

Merger 02/11 2018

New organizational affiliation for Natural History Museum of Denmark

The Natural History Museum of Denmark will merge with the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Biology. The move guarantees the museum’s future as Denmark’s main natural history and secures the museum’s strong research environments.

Antibiotics 23/10 2018

The composition of gut bacteria almost recovers after antibiotics

The use of antibiotics has long been linked to deprivation of gut bacteria. Now, a new study from University of Copenhagen shows that the composition and function of gut bacteria can recover after antibiotic treatment in healthy people. But after six months, the gut still lack nine common beneficial bacterial species.

BACTERIA

Infectious bacteria hibernate to evade antibiotics

Researchers have discovered a surprising tactic of pathogenic bacteria when being attacked by antibiotics: hibernation. Researchers found examples of a small portion of pathogenic bacteria hiding out in a dormant, hibernation-like state, until the danger posed to them by antibiotics passes. When safe, they awaken and resume their regular functions.

QUANTUM RESEARCH

A billion euros for quantum research

Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen are part of a high-profile European research collaboration where the EU will spend a billion euros to develop quantum technologies, which will provide us with 100 % secure communication, new supercomputers and more sensitive measuring equipment.

DIGITISATION

Transferring two million butterflies from pin tips to fingertips

With the help of volunteers, the Natural History Museum of Denmark at the University of Copenhagen is digitising the images and data of two million butterflies in an initiative to shed light on how nature has changed over time and how climate change might effect future transformations. The butterfly digitization project is the first step of a complete digitisation of the Natural History Museum of Denmark’s collections.

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