Chronically anxious? Deep sleep may take the edge off

November 6, 2018

Extreme angst is on the rise nationally and globally, especially among teens and millennials. Among other factors, preliminary findings from UC Berkeley sleep researchers Matthew Walker and Eti Ben Simon point to a chronic lack of deep restorative sleep, indicating that non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) sleep plays a key role in calming the overactive brain.

What to watch for as the votes roll in — advice from a Berkeley expert

November 6, 2018

Berkeley News sat down with professor Jack Citrin, an expert on political behavior and California politics who has taught at UC Berkeley since 1970, to talk about how he’ll spend election night, which races matter and where politics go from here.

A letter to my students: I still have hope because of you — now vote

November 2, 2018

Martha Olney, a teaching professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Economics, sent this letter to her students earlier this week.

What Tuesday’s election might tell us about the future of politics

November 1, 2018

A high turnout is expected at the polls on November 6th - and Laura Stoker, a UC Berkeley associate professor of political science, says that which groups show up could be another signal that the old rules of politics don’t apply.

Patent awarded for DNA-targeting complex at heart of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing

October 30, 2018

The University of California announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted U.S.

Reaffirming our commitment to the transgender community

October 26, 2018

Chancellor Carol Christ and Vice Chancellors Oscar Dubón and Stephen Sutton announce a message of unequivocally support our transgender and non-binary students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

CRISPR opens door to new type of medicine: ‘genome surgery’

October 25, 2018

UC San Francisco doctors working closely with UC Berkeley scientists plan to edit their genomes to correct rare genetic mutations and slow or halt progression of their diseases. If successful, the trials will inaugurate a new era of “genome surgery” — the precision targeting of genetic defects in the genome, using CRISPR-Cas9 customized to individual patients. Such “bespoke” therapies can benefit small groups of individuals or families with particular genetic defects that would never be addressed by large pharmaceutical companies.

Smallest life forms have smallest working CRISPR system

October 18, 2018

An ancient group of microbes that contains some of the smallest life forms on Earth also has the smallest CRISPR gene-editing machinery discovered to date. The made by a group including Berkeley graduate student Lucas Harrington and Professor Jennifer Doudna of the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology.

150 years after last big East Bay quake, what have we learned?

October 19, 2018

We're due for a big quake - scientists think one happens along the Hayward Fault roughly every 150 years. But Roland Bürgmann, a UC Berkeley professor of earth and planetary science and a member of the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab, says that while there’s nothing we can do to prevent or predict big quakes, we understand the fault — and the risk — better than ever before.

Doudna receives Medal of Honor from American Cancer Society

October 18, 2018

The American Cancer Society will bestow its highest honor, the Medal of Honor, on Jennifer Doudna and four others — including former Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. The medal is awarded to distinguished individuals who have made valuable contributions in the fight against cancer through basic research, clinical research and cancer control.