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  • The Wheat Genome Is Five Times Bigger than the Human Genome

    Scientists at the University of Zurich, together with international research partners, have been able to sequence the complete genome of common wheat for the first time. The information will enable more effective measures to be taken to combat pests and climate stress in wheat.

  • New Approach to Treating Chronic Itch

    Two receptors in the spinal cord and the right experimental drug: Researchers at the University of Zurich have discovered a new approach that suppresses itch. In a series of experiments in mice and dogs they successfully alleviated different forms of acute as well as chronic itch. For the latter, current treatment options are very limited.

  • Four Million Euros Awarded to Three UZH Researchers

    Three scientists of the University of Zurich have been awarded the EU’s coveted ERC Starting Grants. The grants, each worth approx. 1.3 million euros, enable the researchers to pursue promising projects and build up their own research groups over the next five years.

  • Lead or Follow: What Sets Leaders Apart?

    Leaders are more willing to take responsibility for making decisions that affect the welfare of others. In a new study, researchers at the University of Zurich identified the cognitive and neurobiological processes that influence whether someone is more likely to take on leader-ship or to delegate decision-making.

  • New Method Refines Cell Sample Analysis

    Innovation in the field of biomedicine: Researchers at the University of Zurich have developed a novel method which increases more than tenfold the number of proteins that can be visualized per sample, making it possible to generate a comprehensive map of cellular organization across the various cellular states. This highly sophisticated and refined view can be used to advance precision medicine and is already being applied in cancer medicine.

  • Fields Medal Winner Artur Avila Appointed Full Professor at UZH

    The internationally renowned French-Brazilian mathematician Artur Avila has been appointed full professor at the Institute of Mathematics of the University of Zurich. At the age of 35, he was awarded the Fields Medal – the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in mathematics – for his profound contributions to the field of dynamical systems and spectral theory.

  • New Control of Cell Division Discovered

    When a cell divides, its constituents are usually evenly distributed among the daughter cells. UZH researchers have now identified an enzyme that guarantees that cell constituents that are concentrated in organelles without a membrane are properly distributed. Their discovery opens up new opportunities for the treatment of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging processes and viral infections.

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