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UZH Magazin 4/19

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The hydrogen society, free train travel, green investment, repairing instead of throwing away, no more plastic, designer seeds, and promoting biological diversity: We present seven ideas from research at UZH for a sustainable future worth living.

Focus: Saving the world

Eine dreiköpfige Familie aus Kuba

The hydrogen society, free train travel, green investment, repairing instead of throwing away, no more plastic, designer seeds, and promoting biological diversity: We present seven ideas from research at UZH for a sustainable future worth living.

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Happy Places

Hunziker-Areal in Zürich

Some parts of Zurich are colorful and full of life, while others appear drab and empty. Psychologist Alice Hollenstein knows what brings joy to city dwellers – and what doesn’t.

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Fixing Hearts, Saving Lives

Eine Herzklappe

Artificial heart valves save many lives. But the problem is that a prosthesis is never as robust as the real thing. This is why UZH Professor Maximilian Emmert wants to get the human body to rebuild the damaged valves itself.

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The Fate of the Nameless Dead

Friedhof in Lampedusa

What happens to boat refugees who never reach the other shore? This question preoccupies religious studies scholar Daniela Stauffacher. She researches the official treatment of and rituals performed for migration victims in southern Italy.

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Cellular Traitors

Grippeviren

When it comes to disease-causing viruses, medicine is still waiting for a breakthrough. The reason lies in the special way these quasi-living organisms function. Viruses don’t simply attack us; they live in constant symbiosis with us.

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"Most people don't want designer babies"

Genetikerin Anita Rauch und Ethikerin Tanja Krones

Enabling high-precision gene manipulation, the CrisprCas9 gene scissors have raised hopes for finding effective therapies for hereditary diseases. And fueled dreams of human enhancement too.

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The Voice Catcher

Volker Dellwo

Our voices are as individual as our appearance. Phonetician Volker Dellwo knows how to decode their special characteristics. He is also developing cloned voices.

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