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Seven months after Rio Olympics, Zika continues to plague babies in urban slums

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 08:53
New research shows that risk to visitors to the Rio Olympics were low, but people who live there bear the brunt of the mosquito-borne virus
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Herr Lab advances protein expression profiling of circulating tumor cells using microfluidic western blotting

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 08:00
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are detached primary cancer cells found in the circulatory system that are implicated in the metastasis of cancer. Herr and collaborators have developed a microfluidic western blot for an 8-plex protein panel for individual CTCs, derived from estrogen receptor positive breast cancer patients, that advances the state of the art in CTC characterization with tiny sample sizes.
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Feature story: Designing healthy futures

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 14:17
See how students in bioengineering and other fields are working at the intersection of design and health at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation.
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M.Eng. Capstone Project Highlight: Commercializing Nanocarriers for Neurological Diseases

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:30
A capstone team of bioengineering MEng students is developing nanocarriers to deliver medicine to inaccessible regions of the brain to treat neurologic and brain-related diseases.
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Two BioE startups graduating from CITRIS Foundry

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:28
BioE startups GenEdit (Prof Niren Murthy and PhD Kunwoo Lee) and SmartPhage (MEng Job Shiach) have completed their time as members of the CITRIS Foundry's startup program and are going out to change the world.
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Hawaiian biodiversity has been declining for millions of years

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 08:30
Because of constantly shrinking land area, the older islands have been losing bird, insect and plant species for millions of years
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EBI, Shell sign $25 million partnership to fund new energy tech research

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 08:58
UC Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute and Shell have entered into a five-year research agreement to spend up to $25 million over five years on fundamental research in the areas of global energy transition and new energy technology.
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Where’d you get those threads?

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 12:47
Alumni company Bolt Threads has launched its first direct to consumers clothing made of synthetic spider silk - a snazzy tie! Only 50 will be made, but more engineered clothing is on the horizon.
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Berkeley engineers join $24 million push for craniofacial repair therapies

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 08:44
Berkeley joins six other California universities to treat and repair craniofacial disease and damage. The consortium has been awarded $12 million by the NIH, part of a larger $24 million effort to develop strategies for treating craniofacial defects, which affect millions of Americans.
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Liepmann and Murthy Lab invention could make vaccinations needle-free

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 14:38
A recent proof-of-concept study shows that a tiny portable microjet injector called MucoJet can deliver a high-pressure stream of liquid and immune system-triggering molecules that penetrate the mucosal layer of the mouth to stimulate an immune response in the buccal region. The jet is pressurized, but not uncomfortably so, and would remove the sting of needles. Postdoctoral scholar Kiana Aran is lead investigator on the study.
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Healy leads Berkeley arm of C-DOCTOR

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 11:18
UC Berkeley is a partner in one of two newly established Resource Centers as part of the The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Tissue Regeneration Consortium (DOCTRC). Aimed at developing resources and strategies for regenerating dental, oral, and craniofacial tissues that have been damaged by disease or injury, the Center for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Tissue and Organ Regeneration (C-DOCTOR) is a partnership between UC Berkeley, UCSF, USC, UC Davis, UCLA, and Stanford. Professor Kevin Healy is the principal investigator at Berkeley.
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Never-before-seen views of elk herds on an incredible journey

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 11:00
UC Berkeley professor Arthur Middleton teamed up with a photographer and an artist to follow — and film — elk herds as they migrate over steep mountain passes and ford treacherous river crossings in Yellowstone
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$5.8 million grant helps expand radio telescope to study ‘cosmic dawn’

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 09:00
Moore Foundation funding will boost study of epoch after first stars formed in the universe
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Climate change has the potential to alter natural selection, study finds

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:51
The study, published in the journal Science, indicates that changes in precipitation patterns influence natural selection worldwide
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Woolly mammoths experienced a genomic meltdown just before extinction

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 16:00
The study warns that preserving a small group of isolated animals is not sufficient to stop the negative effects of inbreeding
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How Butterfly Wings are Built

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 07:54

Professor Nipam Patel and his lab are using innovative techniques to study how butterflies develop their extraordinary colors and patterns. Watch this new video, created by the California Academy of Sciences, posted on its bioGraphic website:

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How a butterfly builds its wings

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 10:05
A new video from the California Academy of Sciences shows Berkeley scientists using time-lapse microscopy to show how butterfly wings develop their fragile structures and beautiful colors.
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Yartsev named Sloan Research Fellow

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:11
Professor Michael Yartsev was named a 2017 Sloan Research Fellow. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation selected 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers as the recipients of the 2017 fellowships, honoring early-career scholars whose achievements mark them as the next generation of scientific leaders.
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Megamovie project to crowdsource images of August solar eclipse

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 05:00
Public asked to submit photos to stitch together into 90-minute eclipse Megamovie
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Kumar lab sheds new light on cellular stress fiber networks

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 13:15
New research from Professor Sanjay Kumar's lab uncovers fundamental design principles of how cells and tissues define and maintain their structure, combining sophisticated micropatterning technologies to engineer cell shape, laser nanosurgery to cut individual stress fibers with light and probe their internal structure, and mathematical modeling. Cell shape is critical in development, wound healing, stem cell differentiation, and cancer, among other processes. The lead author is bioengineering PhD student Elena Kassianidou .
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