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A peek inside Ronald Rael’s 3D-printed ‘Cabin of Curiosities’

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 15:14
A first-of-its-kind creation, the 3D-printed building is water-tight, weather-proof and livable
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Teresa Head_Gordon named ACS Fellow

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:24
Professor Teresa Head-Gordon has been elected to the 2018 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society. Fellows are recognized for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the Society.
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Diassess wins HHS BARDA award for home influenza test

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 08:30
Alumni startup Diassess has been selected for an award of up to $21M for further development of a consumer at-home influenza diagnostic, which could have significant impact on controlling the spread of the flu. The company was founded by PhD alumni Debkishore Mitra and John Waldeisen.
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California’s cap-and-trade air quality benefits go mostly out of state

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 11:00
More than half of regulated industries increased emissions in California by purchasing offsets out of state, leading to increased pollution in poor and minority areas of California
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MTM startup

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 10:21
Respira Labs, a startup by MTM alumna Dr. Maria Artunduaga, has been selected as a 2018 E-Team by VentureWell. Respira is also a Fall 2018 HotDesk Team at the Berkeley Skydeck accelerator, and an NSF I-Corps team.
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Fresh Blood: What Theranos Leaves In Its Wake

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 11:54
Professor Luke Lee discusses the challenge and promise of on-chip diagnostics and the state of the industry after the trouble with Theranos.
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Podcast: A biology prof on growing up gay in rural Minnesota

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 07:46

Noah Whiteman, an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, has always known how to survive. He moved to Sax-Zim, a rural area in Minnesota, when he was 11 and spent the next seven years learning to fish and hunt with his naturalist dad and hiding that he was gay. When a boy he’d been friends with started to bully him at every chance he got, Noah knew it was time to get out.

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Odds of living to 110-plus level out — once you hit 105

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/28/2018 - 11:00
Death rates slow after 105, according to a study of nearly 4,000 extremely old Italians
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Size matters

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 06/28/2018 - 09:42
Macrophages are the body's immune attack force, but how do they recognize their target particles? Fletcher Lab investigators have shown how macrophage target recognition is controlled by the height of the antibody above the target cell surface. They found that the gap created between the target cell and macrophage by the antibody, which bridges an antigen on the target cell surface and the macrophage's receptors, must be small enough to exclude a molecule that turns off the receptor. This has broad implications for development of therapeutic antibodies because it establishes a size threshold for effective cell surface antigen targets.
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CRISPR-Gold editing reduces repetitive behavior in mice with a form of autism

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 06/25/2018 - 11:33
New research from Prof Niren Murthy's lab uses his CRISPR-Gold nanoparticle delivery technique to lessen some autism symptoms in mice with a form of fragile X syndrome, the most common known single-gene cause of autism spectrum disorder. Published in Nature Biomedical Engineering June 25, 2018.
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2018 IB Commencement Viewing

Department of Integrative Biology - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 15:58

The 2018 IB Commencement Ceremony recording is available for viewing. Relive the speeches from Prof. Daniela Kaufer, Sofia Chang, and Hiep Nguyen and follow along as our graduates are recognized for their hard work and achievements.

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Tiny fossils give clues to origins of human social structure

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 08:23
Did humans lose grooming claws because we had each other to remove parasites?
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Mammals going nocturnal to avoid humans

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:00
Human activity is causing the planet’s mammals to flee daylight for the protection of night, according to a new study from UC Berkeley
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Soil prospecting yields wealth of potential antibiotics

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:00
Berkeley scientists discover hundreds of antibiotic-like genes by sequencing the genomes of all the microbes in a teaspoon of soil
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Congratulations department fellows!

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 14:38
Congratulations to our PhD students awarded named department fellowships for 2018-19! Endowed fellowships allow our talented students to pursue independent , cutting-edge research not yet funded by a major grant. 2018-19 Brodie Scholar: Jordi Silvestre-Ryan 2018-19 Craven Scholar: Emily Suter 2018-19 Lloyd Scholars: Thomas Carey and Tiama Hamkins-Indik 2018-19 Lewis Scholar: Anjali Gopal
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In desert trials, next-generation water harvester delivers fresh water from air

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:00
UC Berkeley scientists demonstrated that their device can collect drinkable water from the air each day/night cycle
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June 14 launch of ICON satellite to probe the edge of space

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 10:00
ICON will study the frontier of space: the dynamic zone high in our atmosphere where terrestrial weather from below meets space weather above.
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Alumna McBirney on All Things Considered

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 14:12
Listen to alumna Samantha McBirney (BS 2012) on NPR's All Things Considered, discussing her graduate work on an inexpensive magnetic detector for malaria!
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Living Large: Exploration of Diverse Bacteria Signals Big Advance for Gene Function Prediction

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 12:38
Professor Adam Arkin co-authors the largest functional genomics study of bacteria ever published. He and collaborators have developed a workflow that enables large-scale, genome-wide assays of gene importance across many conditions.
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