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Highlights of our research 2023

In the new issue, we present the six most exciting results of DPZ scientists from the past year.
A gray mouse lemur near the Kirindy field station in Madagaskar. Photo: Johanna Henke-von der Malsburg

The gray mouse lemur on our cover looks bright and alert into the camera. The little lemur lives exclusively in Madagascar and is one of the most endangered mammals in the world. The loss of their natural habitat due to the destruction of forests for agricultural land is their main threat. In a recent study, DPZ scientists have shown that climate change is also increasingly putting the small primates under pressure. You can find out how this affects the stability of future populations in the new brochure from page 32 onwards.

As part of a global project, DPZ researchers have sequenced the genomes of 233 primate species. They analyzed samples from 809 animals and made the results available to the public and the scientific community in a database. They have thus provided the most complete catalog of genetic information on our closest relatives to date. From page 21 onwards, you can read about the insights they have gained from this and the insights the data provides into our genetic heritage.

You will also find out which properties characterize the current SARS-CoV-2 variants, how humans and monkeys coordinate conflicts of interest and what potential organoids have in brain research.

We hope you enjoy reading it!

The brochure is available in printed form and can be viewed and downloaded online on our website. "Highlights of our Research" is published once a year and can be ordered free of charge. Please send us an e-mail with your postal address to presse(at)