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    Genetic diversity

    Inheriting the Ability to Adapt

    Genetic diversity enables plants to adapt. Research conducted by plant geneticist Ueli Grossniklaus on the epigenetic inheritance of traits is opening up new opportunities for breeding crops.
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    Linguistic diversity

    Languages Benefit from Biodiversity

    Linguistic diversity thrives best in biodiverse environments – such as a tropical rainforest. For the survival of the many small language communities in these areas, isolation is key. Linguist Balthasar Bickel explains the interesting parallels between biodiversity and linguistic diversity.
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    Nature’s Sleeping Beauties

    According to evolutionary biologist Andreas Wagner, nature tirelessly produces new variations, many of which are not utilized. But when environmental conditions change, these dormant new talents spring into action.
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    Mental health

    Striving for Perfection

    In our interview child and adolescent psychologist Dagmar Pauli talks about the influence of school and social media, boys with gaming addictions, and the problems facing transgender youth.
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    Regenerative Medicine

    Tailor-Made Cells

    In a few years, we’re likely to see personalized stem cells being used in the first clinical trials for heart patients. But there are still a few hurdles to overcome on the way from the lab to the clinic.
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    Gender medicine

    Strong Hearts

    The heart is our most vital organ. But the heart muscle cells are sluggish. The cardiologist Carolin Lerchenmüller is exploring how these cells are regenerated and how the heart can be strengthened and protected.
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    New issue of the UZH Magazine

    Tipping Points and Sleeping Beauties

    Climate change is putting a lot of stress on the Earth’s ecosystems. The potential collapse of these ecosystems will have serious consequences for life on our planet. The latest UZH Magazin explores the links between climate change and biodiversity and how nature’s ingenuity could help us adapt to the changing environment.
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    World Biodiversity Forum 2024

    “Climate change and biodiversity are closely connected”

    The third World Biodiversity Forum (WBF), organized by UZH, is taking place in Davos this week. In this interview, UZH earth system scientists Maria J. Santos and Gabriela Schaepman-Strub explain how biodiversity and climate change influence each other and what needs to be done to overcome the climate and biodiversity crisis.
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    DSI Minor Digital Skills

    An Incubator for Ideas

    At UZH, students and researchers are learning to develop joint solutions to problems through challenge-based innovation.
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    Gender medicine

    The Thing with Mice

    For many years, the male mouse was thought to be the measure of all things in pre-clinical research. Over time, scientists have come to realize that it is medically necessary to work with experimental animals of both sexes.
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    How Japan Reached Out to the World

    What role did Japanese migrants play in the emergence of modern Japan in the 19th century? Martin Dusinberre reconstructs the voyages of the Yamashiro-maru steamship and re-examines methods of historical scholarship.
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    Gender medicine

    Protective Genes

    Men are more likely to develop and die of cancer, and most types of cancer affect more men than women. This is not only down to genes, but also behavior.
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    Population Genetics

    The Roots of the Mapuche

    The ancestors of the Mapuche people settled in South America more than 5,000 years ago. For a long time, they lived in relative isolation and in defiance of the Incas and Spanish. A notable study aids our understanding of their genetic history, and that of South America.
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    Depression Therapy for Men

    Learn to cry

    Male sufferers of depression seek much less psychological counseling than depressed women do. That has to do with the gender roles that we learn as children, Andreas Walther says. The psychologist is developing a therapy for depression specifically tailored to men.
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    Political Science

    Less Hate Online

    When wars break out in places such as Gaza or Ukraine, hate comments have a field day. They poison the debate on the internet and are a threat to democracy. Political scientist Karsten Donnay is looking into how to also establish social norms online.
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    Happy Mums, Healthy Babies

    One in 10 women suffer from depression during pregnancy. The illness often goes untreated and can have negative effects on the child. Now, in a large-scale international project, UZH researchers are analyzing the biological interactions at play and seeking treatment methods that are safe for mother and child.
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    New Dawn in the Land of Seven Rivers

    Market economy replaces socialism: in the booming seven rivers region of Kazakhstan, ethnologist Peter Finke is examining how new social structures and ownership conditions are emerging amid legal uncertainty and loss of trust.
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    Loans for small businesses

    Closing the Microcredit Gender Gap in Ghana

    Small loans can help people establish and expand their small businesses. A field study in Ghana has now revealed that men ask for and receive more money from microcredit companies than women. However, if women are better informed, they are more likely to apply for higher amounts.
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    Gender Medicine

    The Right Medicine for Women and Men

    Many illnesses have sex- and gender-specific causes and symptoms, many of which have received little research attention thus far. That, however, is about to change. UZH has established the first professorial chair in gender medicine in Switzerland to advance research in this field.