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  • Drones can almost see in the dark

    UZH researchers have taught drones how to fly using an eye-inspired camera, opening the door to them performing fast, agile maneuvers and flying in low-light environments. Possible applications could include supporting rescue teams with search missions at dusk or dawn.

  • Slightly More Students – Thanks to Human Medicine

    A total of 26,400 students have enrolled at the University of Zurich for Fall Semester 2017. For the first time, the University of Zurich is offering 372 places for Bachelor’s degrees in human medicine – more than ever before.

  • How Liver Cancer Develops

    Researchers at the University of Zurich and the University Hospital Zurich have discovered a major mechanism in the development of liver cancer. In chronic liver diseases, damaged cells die off and are replaced by new ones over a period of years. As time goes on, DNA damage accumulates, furthering the development of cancer. The caspase-8 enzyme plays an important dual role in this process.

  • Trigger for Fatty Liver in Obesity

    Morbid obesity affects the liver: Almost one-third of all adults suffer from chronic fatty liver disease, which can lead to infections and even trigger cancer. Researchers at the University Children's Hospital Zurich and the University of Zurich have now found a signaling pathway in cells that play an important role in the development of fatty liver disease.

  • First Detailed Decoding of Complex Finger Millet Genome

    Finger millet has two important properties: The grain is rich in important minerals and resistant towards drought and heat. Thanks to a novel combination of state-of-the-art technologies, researchers at the University of Zurich were able to decode the large and extremely complex genome of finger millet in high quality for the first time. This represents a fundamental basis for improving food security in countries like India and parts of Africa.

  • Diverse Landscapes Are More Productive and Adapt better to Climate Change

    Ecosystems with high biodiversity are more productive and stable towards annual fluctuations in environmental conditions than those with a low diversity of species. They also adapt better to climate-driven environmental changes. These are the key findings environmental scientists at the University of Zurich made in a study of about 450 landscapes harbouring 2,200 plants and animal species.

  • Huge interest in the world of data

    The fifth Scientifica at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich was a huge success with the public. More than 30'000 visitors came to find out exactly what data can reveal, and around 300 researchers from both universities were there to answer their questions.

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