Genetics

Doudna reacts with surprise to her win

Jennifer Doudna wins 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry

Jennifer Doudna, UC Berkeley and UCSF professor and Berkeley Lab faculty scientist, shares the prize with Emmanuelle Charpentier for their discovery of CRISPR-Cas9 as a tool for making targeted changes to the genome.

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How dogs actually age (and what that tells us about how we do)

Understanding how dogs age can help us fight human aging.

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UC Berkeley launches trial of saliva test for COVID-19

Saliva can be gathered without medical supervision, unlike current tests, which saves time, money and precious PPE.

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Most comprehensive study of whole cancer genomes completed

The Pan-Cancer Project discovers causes of unexplained cancers and zeros in on mechanisms of development.

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The mosquito that repels the dengue virus

An international team of scientists has synthetically engineered mosquitoes that halt dengue virus transmission.

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Where DNA falls short in cracking crimes, scientists can use this new tool

Crime buffs know DNA has transformed forensics, but isn't always good enough. That's where proteomics comes in.

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Alzheimer's gene may impact cognition before adulthood

A new finding suggests a gene linked to Alzheimer's may also be associated with lower IQ scores in childhood.

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Why are humans the only species prone to heart attacks?

Gene loss 2 to 3 million years ago may explain why coronary events are common in humans but rare in other animals.

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Regaining sight

Blind mice regain sight with a simple gene therapy that could be available to humans in three years.

UC Irvine and UC Riverside researchers hold up a microphone to a DNA synthesizer

UC Irvine, UC Riverside scientists identify a new world for hackers

A sensitive DNA synthesis procedure will need more protection to ensure bioterrorists aren't listening in.

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