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UZH Magazin 1/19

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Humor smooths our path through life and makes us attractive, resilient and healthy. It enlivens politics and animates our relationships. People don’t find you funny? Don’t worry, humor can be learnt. Eight hypotheses on how humor works and why we need it.  

Focus: A Good Laugh

Marcel Kammermann

Humor smooths our path through life and makes us attractive, resilient and healthy. It enlivens politics and animates our relationships. People don’t find you funny? Don’t worry, humor can be learnt. Eight hypotheses on how humor works and why we need it.  

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Infectious Visitors

Nicole Borel

Chlamydiae are bacteria that can be transmitted from pigs, goats and sheep to humans and can cause infections.We talked to veterinarian Nicole Borel whose work follows these highly adaptable and sometimes mystifying pathogens. 

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Last Chance

Janine Reichenbach

Immunologist Janine Reichenbach is doing research into serious congenital immune deficiencies. And she is developing gene therapies – for some patients the last hope of a cure. 

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A Steeled Mind

Heinz Egger

Many former Verdingkinder suffered a traumatic childhood, but some have managed to cope with the potentially damaging experience. Psychologist Myriam Thoma wanted to know how.

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Fear of the Foreign

Aufmarsch von Rechtsextremen in Essen

Children are mostly open and tolerant towards foreigners but, in contrast to adults, their attitudes are easier to change. Much depends on their friends.

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"Many people feel anxious and disconcerted"

Martin Kindschi und Monika Wilhelm

With her commitment to the environment, 16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg has provoked a debate on values among young people all over the world. How do values arise, and how do they change? An interview with social ethics expert Monika Wilhelm and economist Martin Kindschi.

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Father of the Gene Scissors

Martin Jinek

Biochemist Martin Jinek is one of the protagonists in the CRISPR revolution. He made a major contribution to CRISPR/Cas9, gene editing scissors that can be used to modify the genome easily, quickly and precisely.

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