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  • A Selfish Gene Makes Mice into Migrants

    House mice carrying a specific selfish supergene move from one population to another much more frequently than their peers. This finding of a University of Zurich study shows for the first time that a gene of this type can influence animal migratory behavior. It could help in dealing with invasive plagues of mice.

  • UZH Professor Elected New Chair of OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct

    Christine Kaufmann, professor of law at the University of Zurich, has been appointed as the new Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct. In her new role, she will be responsible for implementing and developing the OECD’s guidelines on responsible business conduct among its 48 member and participating countries.

  • Link between Gut Flora and Multiple Sclerosis Discovered

    In multiple sclerosis, a defective response of the body’s own immune system leads to brain tissue damage. Gastrointestinal microbiota could play a far greater role in the pathogenesis of the disease than previously assumed, researchers at the University of Zurich have now found.

  • Larger Families Reduce Cancer Risk

    Families with many children have a lower risk of cancer. Greater family size reduces the risk not only in women but also in men, a global study using data from 178 countries by the University of Zurich and the Adelaide Medical School has found.

  • The Stuff that Planets Are Made of

    UZH researchers have analyzed the composition and structure of far-away exoplanets using statistical tools. Their analysis indicates whether a planet is earth-like, made up of pure rock or a water-world. The larger the planet, the more hydrogen and helium surround it.

  • Species-Rich Forests Store Twice as much Carbon as Monocultures

    Species-rich subtropical forests can take up on average twice as much carbon as monocultures. An international research team with the involvement of the University of Zurich has evaluated data from forests grown specifically for this purpose in China with a total of over 150,000 trees. The results speak in favor of using many different tree species during reforestation.

  • Even Small Gifts Boost Business

    If a sales agent brings their customer a small gift, the customer is much more likely to make a purchase, a study by the university of Zurich has shown. This works particularly well when the person receiving the gift is the boss. The fact that even small gifts can result in conflicts of interest has implications for the debate about where the line should be drawn between tokens of appreciation and attempted bribery.

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