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  • Gravitational Waves Could Shed Light on Dark Matter

    Black holes colliding, gravitational waves riding through space-time – and a huge instrument that allows scientists to investigate the fabric of the universe. This could soon become reality when the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) takes up operations. Researchers from the University of Zurich have now found that LISA could also shed light on the elusive dark matter particle.

  • Biodiversity Can Also Destabilize Ecosystems

    According to the prevailing opinion, species-rich ecosystems are more stable against environmental disruptions such as drought, hot spells or pesticides. The situation is not as simple as it seems, however, as ecologists at the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) have now discovered. Under certain environmental conditions, increased biodiversity can also lead to an ecosystem becoming more unstable.

  • Plant Hormone Makes Space Farming a Possibility

    With scarce nutrients and weak gravity, growing potatoes on the Moon or on other planets seems unimaginable. But the plant hormone strigolactone could make it possible, plant biologists from the University of Zurich have shown. The hormone supports the symbiosis between fungi and plant roots, thus encouraging plants’ growth – even under the challenging conditions found in space.

  • 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.

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