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DPZ aktuell published

In issue 3/2022, we present highlights from our three research areas, look back at the Night of Knowledge in July, and introduce our new animal husbandry building "PriCaB".
Cover page of DPZ aktuell 3/2022. Layout: Heike Klensang

In Germany, the omicron sub-variant BA.5 spread rapidly over the summer, leading to an increase in case numbers. Until now, however, it has been unclear whether the subvariants are displacing the predominant variants due to increased transmissibility or whether they may be less well inhibited by antibodies. DPZ infection biologists studied the omicron subvariants BA.2.12.1, BA.4, and BA.5 with respect to these questions. You can read what they found out starting on page 7.

At our field station in Senegal, DPZ behavioral researchers studied the relationship between mating success and investment in male friendships in male Guinea baboons. This baboon species is known to form strong bonds among males. The researchers wanted to find out if males with many friends are more attractive to females because they may offer them and their offspring better protection from predators. The results of the study were surprising and can be read in the new issue starting on page 14.

Around 80 DPZ employees presented their research at the fifth Night of Knowledge in Göttingen. Until shortly after midnight, about 5,800 visitors crowded around the DPZ information booths. The researchers had great fun discussing and explaining their research areas with the many interested Göttingen residents. Starting on page 26, you will find a review with many photos of the event.

On June 21, the DPZ employees were allowed to take a first look at the new animal husbandry building. In "PriCaB", hamadryas baboons and rhesus monkeys will soon find a new home. You can find out why the building is called “PriCaB” and which research projects will soon be possible in this state-of-the-art facility starting on page 30.

We wish you pleasant reading!

DPZ aktuell is published four times a year, has about 35 pages each and can be subscribed to free of charge. Of course, the magazine is also available in the building: You will find it at the reception desk or in the library.