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  • New Potential Approach to Treat Atopic Dermatitis

    How does the immune system respond to fungi on our skin? Researchers at the University of Zurich have demonstrated that the same immune cells that protect us against skin fungi also encourage the inflammatory symptoms of atopic dermatitis. An antibody therapy could alleviate this chronic inflammatory skin disease.

  • Diet-Induced Changes Favor Innovation in Speech Sounds

    Diet-induced changes in the human bite resulted in new sounds such as “f” in languages all over the world, a study by an international team led by researchers at the University of Zurich has shown. The findings contradict the theory that the range of human sounds has remained fixed throughout human history.

  • Negative Emotions Can Reduce Our Capacity to Trust

    It is no secret that a bad mood can negatively affect how we treat others. But can it also make us more distrustful? Yes, according to a new study, which shows that negative emotions reduce how much we trust others, even if these emotions were triggered by events that have nothing to do with the decision to trust. The study was carried out by an international research team from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the University of Zurich (UZH).

  • Neanderthals Walked Upright Just Like the Humans of Today

    Neanderthals are often depicted as having straight spines and poor posture. However, these prehistoric humans were more similar to us than many assume. University of Zurich researchers have shown that Neanderthals walked upright just like modern humans – thanks to a virtual reconstruction of the pelvis and spine of a very well-preserved Neanderthal skeleton found in France.

  • Bat Influenza Viruses Could Infect Humans

    Bats don’t only carry the deadly Ebola virus, but are also a reservoir for a new type of influenza virus. These newly discovered flu viruses could potentially also attack the cells of humans and livestock, researchers at the University of Zurich have now shown.

  • Fate of Meerkats Tied to Seasonal Climate Effects

    Does a drier and hotter climate present a threat to the meerkats in the Kalahari Desert? Researchers from UZH and Cambridge show that climate change is likely to impact meerkats, and seasonal rainfall and temperature will be the key factors.

  • Public Lectures about Gottfried Keller or Smart Robots

    The subjects covered in this semester's public lectures include Gottfried Keller, education in old age, migration, and artificial intelligence. From 18 February onwards, researchers will share their expertise on past and present issues of society at the University of Zurich.

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