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Dementia patients may die sooner if family caregivers are mentally stressed

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:00
Family members' mental health linked to mortality of their loved ones with neurodegenerative diseases
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Acorn woodpeckers enact their own ‘Game of Thrones’ among the oaks

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 11:02
Lightweight tracking tags allow detailed study of bird's social interactions
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MCB Postdoc Temprana Named Pew Latin American Fellow

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 10:08

Silvio Temprana, a postdoc in Assistant Professor Hillel Adesnik's lab, is one of 10 Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences. He is studying information processing in the brain and whether an animal's perception can be altered. 

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New gene editing technique could drive out mosquito-borne disease

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 06:00
CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology can insert and spread genes designed to suppress wild insects, new study shows.
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Shaking Up Genome Regulation

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:12

A Berkeley Lab team led by Dr. Gary Karpen, Adjunct Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, "uncovered evidence that heterochromatin organizes large parts of the genome into specific regions of the nucleus using liquid-liquid phase separation, a mechanism well-known in physics but whose importance for biology has only recently been revealed."

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On California, the drought and the ‘yuck factor’

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:00
Professor David Sedlak says our urban water infrastructure needs a major upgrade to keep our cities thriving well into the future
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Saijo Named 2017 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:50

Kaoru Saijo, Assistant Professor of Immunology & Pathogenesis, is one of 22 exceptional early-career researchers appointed as 2017 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences.  Dr. Saijo will study how immune cells in the brain play a role in the development of depression.

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Congratulations 2017 IB Graduates!

Department of Integrative Biology - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 09:16
2017 Graduate Photo Album Please enjoy the photos! Let us know if you see yourself! 
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Marine predators bulked up over eons to dominate their prey

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 09:00
In the constant evolutionary battle between predator and prey, one seemingly winning strategy is to get bigger over time so you can throw your weight around
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Spring 2017 Newsletter

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 11:45

What has MCB been up to? Learn about some of our incoming faculty, undergraduate research projects, our faculty entrepeneurs, graduate students giving back to the community, and more! Read the print version of the MCB Transcript from Spring 2017.

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Seasonal rain and snow trigger small quakes on California faults

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 11:19
Weight of rain and snow & subsequent summer rebound change stresses on state's faults, causing slight uptick in quakes
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Yartsev receives Fay/Frank Seed Grant

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:49
Professor Michael Yartsev has received a Fay/Frank Seed Grant from the Brain Research Foundation, which provides start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience.
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Dressmakers found to have needle-sharp 3D vision

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 09:00
The stereoscopic vision of seamstresses is superior to that of surgeons
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New evidence that all stars are born in pairs

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 08:00
Stars like our sun are always born with a sibling, astronomers say; in the case of our sun, that twin has long since vanished from the neighborhood
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Adesnik Lab Explores How Neurons Encode Scanned Space

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:48

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Hillel Adesnik's lab has a new paper accepted in Neuron. They examine spatial coding in the rodent whisker system during active sensation and the resulting cortical representation of the scanned space.

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Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Here’s what you’ll see on Aug. 21

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 08:00
Megamovie project debuts simulator to show you what you'll see from any point in the United States
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Viral infections decrease muscle health, cause damage

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 12:22
Researchers in Prof. Irina Conboy's lab found that viral infections turn down the intensity of a key oxytocin receptor linked to healing and health of skeletal muscle and bone, mental well-being and prevention of obesity. The pathway was recently shown to be needed for muscle maintenance and regeneration, which declines with age.
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Eko Devices clears new ECG tool

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 09:56
Eko Devices, a BioE startup led by alumnus Connor Landgraf, has received FDA clearance for its second tool, a combined digital stethoscope and electrocardiogram (ECG).
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2017 Biodesign Immersion Experience kicks off

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 09:48
The 2017 Biodesign Immersion Experience has kicked off their summer of engineering design with a busy week of six offsite visits and their first blog post. Catch up with the BIE summer interns, who will be blogging for the next six weeks on the role of engineering design in clinical medicine, based on visits and interactions with the generous professional engineers and clinicians who host & mentor them.
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Cal’s main attraction? For nesting peregrines, it’s the Campanile

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 17:00
Avid falconer Doug Bell, who has been monitoring the falcon pair, thinks hatchlings may be getting ready to fly soon
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