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    Summer Quiz

    Test Your Summer Smarts!

    Our annual summer quiz takes you on a grand tour of research and campus life at UZH. We hope you enjoy it and wish you a relaxing summer break. We’ll be back in August to keep you informed and inspired.
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    Virology

    Autoantibodies Behind Lifelong Risk of Viral Infections

    A new study shows that about two percent of the population develop autoantibodies against type 1 interferons, mostly later in life. This makes individuals more susceptible to viral diseases like COVID-19.
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    Tumor biology

    Key Driver for Epithelial Cancer Development Identified

    A distinct signaling pathway called TNF-α drives the transformation of epithelial cells into aggressive tumor cells. During cancer progression, cells activate their own TNF-α program and become invasive - they spread into other organs.
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    One Health

    Influenza viruses can use two entry points

    Most influenza viruses enter human or animal cells through specific pathways on the cells’ surface. UZH researchers have now discovered that certain human flu viruses and avian flu viruses can also use a second entry pathway to infect cells.
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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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    Evolution

    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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    URPP Social Networks

    Values and Sustainability

    The way people behave in complex social relationships over time can now be analyzed in great detail thanks to methods developed by the URPP Social Networks.
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    Research and Teaching

    Students Help Shed Light on Prehistoric Marine Giants

    Paleontology students at UZH had the opportunity to contribute to their professor’s publication on extinct marine megafauna.
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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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    Animal research and 3Rs

    UZH Researchers Win Swiss 3R Awards

    This year’s awards from the Swiss 3R Competence Centre all go to UZH scientists whose research contributes to replacing, reducing and refining animal experiments.
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    Sociology

    Teacher bias

    A study involving over 14,000 ninth graders in Germany has uncovered significant grading biases associated with students’ gender, body size, ethnicity and parental socioeconomic status.
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    URPP Global Change and Biodiversity

    "Biodiversity is our life insurance"

    Ecosystems are more stable and productive when they contain more species. This has been demonstrated impressively by researchers from the URPP Global Change and Biodiversity. The successful program is committed to ensuring that the value of biodiversity is better understood and appreciated in society.
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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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    Financing Climate Risks

    Crucial Gaps in Climate Risk Assessment Methods

    Researchers from the Universities of Zurich, Vienna and Utrecht have uncovered significant flaws in current climate risk assessment techniques that could lead to a severe underestimation of climate-related financial losses for businesses and investors.
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    Cancer medicine

    Novel Blood Test Helps Improve Cancer Treatments

    UZH and USZ researchers have further developed a new blood test to analyze liquid biopsies of DNA fragments in the blood. The new method is fast and practical, without putting much of a strain on patients – and might help to treat cancer patients more individually in the future.
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    URPP Financial Market Regulation

    “The next crisis can’t be prevented through regulation alone”

    Financial market law can’t prevent a bank going bankrupt – nor should it – but it should effectively limit the impact on systemic stability and stop contagion. This is the take-home message from the concluded URPP Financial Market Regulation. The program’s director Rolf Sethe takes a look back and reveals what he has found most surprising over the past 12 years of research.
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    Stem cell biology

    The Mechanism Behind Melanoma Resistance to Treatment

    In many cases of malignant melanoma, the effect of targeted treatment is lost over time. A research team from UZH and USZ has now discovered that a factor secreted by tumor cells is responsible for the resistance.
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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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    URPP Translational Cancer Research

    “The tumor microenvironment enormously affects cancer cells”

    One major achievement of the URPP Translational Cancer Research is the newly created “dialogue among equals between basic research and clinical practice,” sums up co-director Maries van den Broek.
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