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With rise of leukemia in children, $6 million grant funds search for causes

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 07:00
A UC Berkeley researcher leads a team of scientists discovering environmental exposures linked to childhood leukemia, which is increasing, especially in Latinos
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Sexual rivalry may drive frog reproductive behaviors

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 05:00
Some tropical frogs evolved mating behaviors to outmaneuver sexual competitors.
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Magnetic Insight installs first scanner, raises $3Mil in funding

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 14:57
BioE startup Magnetic Insight will install their first Magnetic Particle Imaging scanner at the Stanford School of Medicine, where researchers will explore using MPI to solve challenges in cell therapy and vascular imaging. The company, led by PhD alumnus Patrick Goodwill and BioE professor Steven Conolly, has also recently secured an oversubscribed seed funding round of $3M.
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Schaffer receives CIRM award for neural treatment

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 14:46
Professor David Schaffer has received a $1.8 million research award from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Discovery Quest program for his project, "Scalable, Defined Production of Oligodendrocyte Precursor Cells to Treat Neural Disease and Injury."
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Knox Medical graduates from Indie Bio

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 14:36
Alumni-founded startup Knox Medical has completed their incubation period at the Indie Bio accelerator and is moving out into the world. Check out CEO Charvi Shetty's presentation at Demo Day.
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Biologists home in on paleo gut for clues to our evolutionary history

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 10:11
The bacteria in our gut evolved with us and our hominid ancestors, new study shows
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Car sharing increases mobility, decreases greenhouse gas emissions

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 08:45
Study of Canada's car2go shows decreased auto use, car ownership with sharing services
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Healy joins Sackler Sabbatical Exchange Program

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:48
Professor Kevin Healy has been awarded support from the Sackler Sabbatical Exchange Program for Biomedical, Physical and Engineering Sciences at UC Berkeley for his upcoming academic sabbatical. Healy will be pursuing work on “Organs on a chip – the future of personalize medicine” with UCSF Professors Holger Willenbring and Bruce Conklin.
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Changes in primate teeth linked to rise of monkeys

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 12:57

UC Berkeley paleontologists have identified distinctive features of primate teeth that allow them to track the evolution of our ape and monkey ancestors, shedding light on a mysterious increase in monkey species that occurred during a period of climate change 8 million years ago.

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Changes in primate teeth linked to rise of monkeys

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:00
Discovery of inherited dental trait allows tracking of monkey, ape and human evolution
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Stars ignite in new supercomputer simulation

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 19:28
New video simulation captures star and cluster formation within dense filaments of gas
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The bloody battle against aging

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 09:40
By examining the chemical makeup of young blood, professors Irina Conboy and David Schaffer have discovered a drug that could turn back the age clock.
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Weird pupils let octopuses see their colorful gardens

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 12:39
Scientists propose unique way in which ‘colorblind’ cephalopods can detect color
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The Evolutionary Path of Least Resistance

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 13:53

Paleontologists typically reconstruct past behavior by assuming that function follows form.

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Messersmith uses mussels to improve fetal surgery glues

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 11:17
Professor Phillip Messersmith is designing better glues for medical procedures, applying knowledge about the underwater superglues made by mussels. Due to their extreme delicacy, special new adhesives are needed to seal the amniotic sac after surgical intervention.
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State budgets $10 million for earthquake early warning

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 05:36
Gov. Brown's $171 billion budget includes build-out of ShakeAlert warning system
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White House summit advances the ‘cancer moonshot’

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 14:25
Treatment innovations at the forefront as researchers assemble
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To improve Beijing’s air quality, cut household fuel use too

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 11:00
Homes, not just cars and power plants, are big air polluters, new study shows
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BioE alum startup, Knox, receives NSF SBTT Phase I grant

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 10:17
Knox Medical Diagnostics, founded by BioE alumna Charvi Shetty, has been awarded an NSF Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I grant for their child-friendly asthma home monitoring system.
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