Algorithm helps explain sex in evolution

Computer theorists describe strategy used by genes during sexual recombination.

Mexican genetics study reveals huge variation in ancestry

UC San Francisco-Stanford team uncovers basis for health differences among Latinos in Mexico.
Josh Osborn

A diagnosis just in time

Joshua Osborn was fighting for his life in a Wisconsin hospital against a mysterious ailment. With his options dwindling, a team at UCSF employed advanced DNA sequencing technology to track down the culprit.
Miceli-Nelson family

Researchers combat lethal disease to save son and thousands like him

Their efforts have rallied others to the cause of defeating Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
polar bears

Polar bear genome gives new insight into adaptations to high-fat diet

The polar bear — recently diverged from its brown cousins — has genes involved in fat metabolism that could provide insights that will help humans deal with health problems caused by high-fat diets.

Smarts and long life, thanks to this gene

A common form of a gene already associated with longevity also improves learning and memory.
Steve Yannone, Sylvain Costes and Jonathan Tang

Startup wants to know how damaged your DNA is

Berkeley Lab scientist has devised a method of automating the screening process; through his startup, he hopes to make it as commonplace as a cholesterol test.
Denisova Cave excavation

Neanderthal genome shows cozy relationship between early humans

Population geneticists find more evidence of in- and interbreeding between Neanderthals, Denisovans, other human groups.
precision medicine

Searching genes for drug reactions

UCSF School of Pharmacy is one of the first pharmacy schools in the nation to offer its students genetic testing for drug response.

UC grad students driving force behind research

UC trains 26,000 doctoral students and 6,400 postdoctoral fellows whose work addresses issues like renewable energy, poverty, conservation and global health.