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UC Irvine-led study finds medicinal plant extract to prevent morphine addiction

Findings point to herbal treatment to potentially help curb the opioid epidemic.

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Is planetary defense PI in the sky?

Physicists propose a new method for defending the Earth against cosmic impacts.

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Alumnus David MacMillan wins Nobel Prize in chemistry

David W.C. MacMillan, who earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at UC Irvine, is now a Nobelist for his work in developing better catalysts for converting and building molecules.

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New Nobelist David Julius was a standout from the start

UC Berkeley colleagues and mentors — including 2013 Nobelist Randy Schekman — share fond memories of a talented and kind young mind.

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Quiz: How much do you know about the Nobel Prize?

Not everyone can win a Nobel, but this is the next best thing. Prizes are announced starting Oct. 5.

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How the Purdue opioid settlement could help the public understand the roots of the drug crisis

The multibillion-dollar settlement will trigger the release of troves of documents that may shine new light on what caused the opioid crisis.

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Using two CRISPR enzymes, a COVID diagnostic in only 20 minutes

Eliminating RNA amplification simplifies and speeds up assay for SARS-CoV-2 virus, making it ideal for point of care testing.

Professor Danielle Edwards with a tortoise on Galapagos

Continuing Darwin’s work on Galapagos Island

186 years after Darwin first described the Galapagos racer snake, Danielle Edwards seeks to rebuild their population by using DNA from one of his original samples.

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Cats prefer to get free meals, rather than work for them

Most animals prefer to work for their food. Cats are a notable exception.

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Turning tarantula venom into pain relief

Could modified venom from the Peruvian green velvet tarantula help end the opiod epidemic?