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Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:45:40 +0000


Trading in the scalpel for a sharper blade

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:56:32 +0000

Bakar Fellow Kathy Collins, professor of biophysics, biochemistry and structural biology, is working develop and market a technology to increase the diagnostic power of non-surgical biopsies

Decision clears way for UC Berkeley patent on CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:24:39 +0000

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.

Is it love? Scientists talk romance on Facebook Live

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:43:42 +0000

For Valentine's Day, UC Berkeley psychologists and neuroscientists Robert Levenson, Emiliana Simon-Thomas and Arthur Aron talked about the differences between attraction, early-relationship passion and enduring love.

CZ Biohub awards nearly $14.5 million to Berkeley researchers

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:00:28 +0000

CZ Biohub Investigators will focus on new tools to accelerate the pace of biomedical discovery

Bakar Fellow: Aiding cells’ strategy to survive

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:51:48 +0000

Research by biochemist James Hurley, professor of molecular and cell biology and a Bakar Fellow, is developing a new drug to boost the natural process that sweeps away debris leftover from cells’ metabolic work, which could otherwise threaten their survival.

International critical theory consortium launches with Mellon Foundation help

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Among the international consortium's tasks are exploring the role of 21st-century populism, a contemporary critique of violence, and assessing the global university.

Center for Built Environment, turning 20, helps shape building industry

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:58:48 +0000

Its research offers building operators, managers and designers new tools to enhance energy efficiency, environmental quality and livability for residents and workers — from the open-office plan and the cubicle to multifamily structures

CRISPR research institute expands into agriculture, microbiology

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:15:22 +0000

Five year, $125 million investment in Innovative Genomics Institute will help improve global food security and the environment

The yin-yang of cancer and infectious disease

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:00:04 +0000

Discovering how the immune system responds to pathogens could lead to new therapies for cancer, and vice versa

Why the lights don’t dim when we blink

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:54 +0000

Study finds that blinking prompts eye muscles to keep our vision in line

Scientists reprogram embryonic stem cells to expand their potential

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:00:02 +0000

Releasing molecular brake lets pluripotent stem cells develop into a broader range of cell types, akin to the potential of fertilized eggs

Compact CRISPR systems found in some of world’s smallest microbes

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:00:32 +0000

Berkeley researchers found two compact CRISPR systems, CasX and CasY, nearly doubling the potential tools like CRISPR-Cas9 for genome editing

Turning up the thermostat in tropics shows promise for energy and comfort

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Slightly upping office temperatures and equipping workers with smart fans can save significantly on energy costs while maintaining employee comfort

Pop-outs: How the brain extracts meaning from noise

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:00:29 +0000

After priming, brain rapidly retunes to detect language patterns in formerly unintelligible speech

Breakthrough Prize Symposium to feature world’s top scientists

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:27:58 +0000

Dec. 5 event at UCSF co-sponsored by UC Berkeley, Stanford

It takes less than a second to tell humans from androids

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:00:15 +0000

TV shows may have us fooled, but in real life, our brains make accurate snap judgments about what is real.

Young blood does not reverse aging in old mice, UC Berkeley study finds

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:45:59 +0000

A new study from UC Berkeley argues against the rejuvenating properties of young blood and points to old blood, or molecules within, as driving the aging process.

Study finds wide exposure to environmental toxics in cohort of pregnant women

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 22:23:32 +0000

First study in the U.S. to measure exposure to 59 toxic chemicals in pregnant women and their newborns

Does your mind jump around, stay on task or get stuck?

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:00:51 +0000

Analysis of mind-wandering studies offers new perspective on mental disorders

$1.5 million to study language development, via bats

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:23:46 +0000

Neuroscientist Michael Yartsev will study the neurobiological basis of language learning in the small mammals' brains with the aim of helping crack the mysteries of language disorders.