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Discovery helps engineer more accurate Cas9s for CRISPR editing

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:00:21 +0000

Detailed study of how Cas9 protein domains move when they bind DNA leads to re-engineered Cas9 with fewer off-target effects

Fox squirrels use ‘chunking’ to organize their favorite nuts

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:01:40 +0000

First study to show squirrels using a sophisticated memorizing strategy to sort their bounty

Student-designed medical device wins Fast Company award

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:16:44 +0000

A student project from Berkeley's Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation aims to lower the cost of diagnosing pneumonia

Emoji fans take heart: Scientists pinpoint 27 states of emotion

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 19:57:09 +0000

Study challenges assumption that most human emotions fall within the categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear and disgust.

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Bacteria act as aphrodisiac for the closest relatives of animals

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:38:55 +0000

Choanoflagellates seem to take cues from bacteria when choosing their life trajectory

Blunting CRISPR’s ‘scissors’ gives insights into autoimmune disorders

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 21:51:56 +0000

Teams led by Jacob Corn of UC Berkeley and Alexander Marson of UCSF use CRISPRa to locate gene activators

More education linked to better cognitive functioning later in life

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:00:56 +0000

New research shows that higher educational attainment is linked to better cognitive performance across all ages.

When given the chance to pay less, patients choose cheaper prescription drugs

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:30:10 +0000

A policy called reference pricing can encourage patients to spend less on prescription drugs by choosing cheaper drugs over name brand options.

Two-step process leads to cell immortalization and cancer

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:53:15 +0000

Research provides clearer view of the role telomere length and telomerase play in cell immortalization

Better student nutrition by design

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:00:03 +0000

Students in a summer academy used newly acquired design and fabrication skills to meet special campus community needs

Heavily used pesticide linked to breathing problems in farmworkers’ children

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:24:14 +0000

New study finds that elemental sulfur is linked to reduced lung function, more asthma-related symptoms and higher asthma medication use in children living about a half-mile or less from farms that use the pesticide

Biomedical startups featured in the New York Times

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:07:40 +0000

Feeling bad about feeling bad can make you feel worse

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:00:40 +0000

Embracing your darker moods can actually make you feel better in the long run, psychologists find

People with mental illness reoffend less if on specialty probation

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:00:03 +0000

Study finds that treatment-oriented probation sharply reduces repeat arrests.

Aug. 16-17 CRISPRcon to focus on societal issues of gene editing

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 15:00:02 +0000

Conference will draw farmers, doctors, patients, environmentalists, consumers, nonprofits, community leaders as well as scientists for a broad-ranging discussion

Climate change causing suicides in India as crops fail

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:00:07 +0000

Most of the world's suicides happen in developing countries, and until now, there's been little hard evidence to help understand why

UC files appeal to revive CRISPR patent interference

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:00:33 +0000

The University of California yesterday filed its opening brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., in support of its appeal of the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s

Researchers discover how CRISPR proteins find their target

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:00:12 +0000

Cas enzymes that place viral DNA into CRISPR region of bacteria rely on flexibility and shape

Defense department pours $65 million into making CRISPR safer

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:29:53 +0000

Berkeley scientists to develop safer and better CRISPR tools and apply them to medicine and mosquito gene drives

Making chicken feathers

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:08:04 +0000

A tug of war between skin cells drives the formation of feathers in chickens, and likely hair and sweat glands in humans