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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 Butterfly Wings Develop

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 16:25

MCB Professor and Co-Chair, Nipam Patel, and his lab share insights into how butterfly wings develop. Watch this new video, created by the California Academy of Sciences, posted on its bioGraphic website:

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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In Memoriam: Irma Adelman

College of Natural Resources - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:51
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MCB Bakar Fellows Shine

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 15:54

In 2016-2017, UC Berkeley's Bakar Fellows Program is supporting the cutting edge research of two MCB faculty members -- Professor Kathy Collins and Professor Jim Hurley. Read more about their exciting and entrepreneurial work:
Aiding Cells’ Strategy to Survive (Hurley's work)
Trading in the Scalpel for a Sharper Blade (Collins' work)

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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Arkin will lead new NASA Center

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:28
Professor Adam Arkin will lead the new NASA Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES), a Space Technology Research Institute to advance research into an integrated, multi-function, multi-organism bio-manufacturing system to produce fuel, materials, pharmaceuticals and food on long-term space missions.
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CRISPR and Berkeley

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 09:42

"The Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled that the inventions claimed in the pending U.S. patent application filed by the Doudna/Charpentier research group and the patents and applications filed by the Broad Institute are separately patentable from one another, thereby moving the Doudna/Charpentier group’s application closer to issuance as a U.S. patent."


U.S. patent office issues decision in CRISPR-Cas9 case

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:24
The ruling says that the inventions claimed in the pending U.S. patent application filed by the Doudna/Charpentier research group and those filed by the Broad Institute are separately patentable, moving the Doudna/Charpentier group’s application closer to issuance as a U.S. patent.
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UC Berkeley, NASA looking for citizen scientists to help find Planet 9

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:00
Volunteers needed to scan images of the sky to look for moving specks of light that could be a new planet or brown dwarf
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Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program to welcome Chern-Simons Fellows for Energy & Climate Change

College of Natural Resources - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:38
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Fossil record should help guide conservation in a changing world

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 12:28
Writers, lawyers and policymakers as well as biologists and paleobiologists urge a focus on saving resilient ecosystems as well as species
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Professors Banfield and Seed Chosen as CZ Biohub Investigators

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:46
Professors Seed and Banfield each are recieving large grants for medical research.

Thirteen UC Berkeley faculty, seven of them women, are among 47 new investigators chosen by the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub to receive up to $1.5 million each over the next five years to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research — with no strings attached.

CNR faculty members Jill Banfield and Kimberley Seed are among the group.

The investigator awards are the first individual grants by the CZ Biohub as it seeks to foster unconventional scientific exploration and encourage researchers to invent new tools to accelerate the pace of discovery.

The CZ Biohub was established in September 2016 with $600 million over 10 years from Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, and operates as an independent nonprofit medical research organization collaborating with UC Berkeley, Stanford University and UC San Francisco to fund research. Its goal is to harness science, technology and human capacity to cure, prevent or manage all disease during our children’s lifetime.

“CZ Biohub investigators share our vision of a planet without disease,” said Joseph DeRisi, co-president of CZ Biohub and a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UCSF. “To realize this vision, we are giving some of the world’s most creative and brilliant researchers access to groundbreaking technology and the freedom to pursue high-risk research. CZ Biohub investigators will challenge traditional thinking in pursuit of radical discoveries that will make even the most stubborn and deadly diseases treatable.”

Jill Banfield, a professor of earth and planetary science and of environmental science, policy and management, explores the medical, industrial and ecological significance of newly found microorganisms. Her previous work has uncovered a vast diversity of microorganisms that depend on coexisting microbial community members for most core metabolic resources, revealing two major evolutionary radiations, one in bacteria and the other in Archaea.

Kimberley Seed, an assistant professor of plant and microbial biology, carries out epidemiologic studies of the interactions between bacteriophages and Vibrio cholera, some strains of which cause cholera, in samples obtained from cholera outbreaks to enhance understanding of how these viruses shape the communities of these pathogens and affect infectivity. She will also determine how microclimates impact phage-host interactions.

Six of UC Berkeley’s new investigators, including Banfield, are senior faculty. Each will receive $1.5 million over five years to pursue their research, with the freedom to change direction if they desire — an option not allowed by most research grants.

The seven other investigators, including Seed, are younger faculty, and will receive half the amount, $750,000 over five years, with a similar flexibility.

“The CZ Biohub has chosen some of Berkeley’s best and most innovative researchers, who offer an amazing breadth of expertise,” said UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. “This first cohort of investigators illustrates the potential and promise of the CZ Biohub to push the boundaries of biomedical research, and to accelerate the development of breakthrough scientific and medical advancements, applications and therapeutics for the public’s benefit.”

The 47 investigator awards, totaling $54 million over five years, also go to 15 faculty at UCSF and 19 at Stanford. They will complement the CZ Biohub’s large-scale collaborative projects, including the Infectious Disease Initiative and the Cell Atlas.

“The 47 CZ Biohub investigators we’re introducing today are quite literally inventing the future of life science research,” said Stephen Quake, co-president of CZ Biohub and a professor of bioengineering and applied physics at Stanford. “The CZ Biohub is distinguished by our emphasis on technology and engineering, and our researchers are inventing tools to accelerate science for the good of humanity.”

For more information and a list of all UC Berkeley investigators, visit the UC Berkeley News Center. 



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Fletcher Named BioHub Investigator

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:40

MCB Affiliated Professor Dan Fletcher (who is Chair of the Department of Bioengineering) was one of the thirteen UC Berkeley faculty that were named Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators. Fletcher "will launch a new effort to map the topography and spatial organization of cell-cell surfaces, starting with macrophages in their interactions with tumor cells."