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BioE leaps into Top Five grad programs

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 21:52
US News and World Report has ranked the UC Berkeley-UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering FOURTH among bioengineering graduate programs in the US. This is up two places from the previous year. Go BioE!
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Mars’ oceans formed early, possibly aided by massive volcanic eruptions

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 09:00
Oceans formed before and evolved along with Tharsis volcano, shaping climate history of Mars
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Researchers create a protein ‘mat’ that can soak up pollution

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 11:00
The mats could one day be used in war zones to decontaminate chemical weapons.
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Putting microfluidics in other people’s hands

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:04
Professor Amy Herr and her lab are highlighted in this Nature Methods Technology Feature, exploring new ways to for researchers to share designs, devices and experience.
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How to make space molecules

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 08:00
Berkeley researchers demonstrate how complex hydrocarbons like pyrene can form around hot giant stars
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How brightly colored spiders evolved on Hawaii again and again … and again

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:01
Stick spiders with similar traits live on different Hawaiian islands but aren't each other's closest relatives; they are a rare instance where a physical form has evolved separately on each island, according to a new study
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Sinking land will exacerbate flooding from sea level rise in Bay Area

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:00
New satellite measurements show that areas around the Bay at risk of inundation could be twice earlier estimates
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Brown fat flexes its muscle to burn energy and calories

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 21:16
Professors Sanjay Kumar and Kevin Healy, in collaboration with Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology Andreas Stahl, have discovered that the same kind of fat cells that help newborn babies regulate their body temperature could be a target for weight-loss drugs in adults.
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A way to grow plants with less water

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:04
Researchers at UC Berkeley have discovered a key protein that improves the efficiency of photosynthesis, reducing water use by 25 percent
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BioE alumni startup Senti Bio receives $53 million funding

Department of Bioengineering - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 16:21
Synthetic biology startup Senti Bio, co-founded by PhD alumnus Philip Lee, has now raised $53 million in investments to fund their development of a design platform for synthetic gene circuits that can rapidly design, build, and test various therapeutic circuits.
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Arkin startup Boost Biomes launches with $2.05M seed funding

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 21:48
Boost Biomes' proprietary DNA sequencing-based discovery platform was developed by the company's cofounders, biotechnology veterans Rob McBride, Jamie Bacher and Adam Arkin, to identify commercially viable microbial products. Boost Biomes' first two products are focused on improving yield in the field and reducing spoilage after harvest, and are being evaluated in commercially relevant trials.
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Terry Johnson – One of the 10 Best Professors at UC Berkeley

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 21:41
Associate Teaching Professor Terry Johnson has been identified as one of the 10 Best Professors at UC Berkeley by College Magazine.
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Hidden ‘rock moisture’ may be key to tree survival during drought

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 09:59
Zone of weathered rock underlying the soil on hillsides holds reservoir of moisture critical for surviving water shortages
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Carey wins 2018 Diagnostic World Early Innovator Award

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 22:08
PhD student Thomas Carey was selected as the winner of the Diagnostics World Early Innovator Awards program at the 2018 Molecular Medicine Tri Conference in San Francisco. Carey and his colleagues are developing a low-cost microfluidic-based platform to detect the presence of biomarkers present in virtually every fluid.
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Capstone Profile: Designing resiliency for the pandemic flu

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:54
Master of Engineering students Jasodhara Raj (BIOE), Suyasha Gupta (BIOE), and Arnaud Bard de Coutance (ME) aim to develop software to automate and standardize the reporting procedures for influenza cases. This would mean that hospitals and physicians do not have to report data themselves, which would save a significant amount of time and increase physicians’ incentives to run the tests leading to improvement in tracking.
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Berkeley, Amah Mutsun tribe excavate ancient practices to save animals, plants, land

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:11
Archaeologists and anthropologists are working with tribal stewards to help ensure the future of these lands, and the planet
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Better planetary management though data science

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:32
Sol Hsiang discusses how data, analysis and computing can show us our future in a warming world, and lead us to take action to lessen the impact
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Amateur astronomer captures rare first light from massive exploding star

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:00
It's the first observation of optical light from the shock breakout in a supernova explosion
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Some black holes erase your past

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 08:30
Physicists argue that the world is deterministic, that your past and present uniquely determine your future, but this may not be true inside some types of black holes
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