Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

Paleontologists link changes in primate teeth to rise of monkeys

July 12, 2016

UC Berkeley paleontologists have identified distinctive features of primate teeth that allow them to track the evolution of our ape and monkey ancestors, shedding light on a mysterious increase in monkey species that occurred during a period of climate change 8 million years ago.

Biologists discover how weird pupils let octopuses see their colorful gardens

July 7, 2016

Octopuses, squid and other cephalopods are colorblind – their eyes see only black and white – but their weirdly shaped pupils may allow them to detect color and mimic the colors of their background, according to a father/son team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard University.

White House summit advances the ‘cancer moonshot’

June 30, 2016

Hundreds of researchers, medical professionals and industry leaders gathered together in Washington, D.C. Wednesday for a summit on the “cancer moonshot,” a program spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden with ties to critical innovations happening at UC Berkeley.

Discover the hidden talents of L&S faculty and staff

June 6, 2016
You know them as faculty members, school officials, researchers, co-workers and alums. But they are artists, too, and part of a campus community that’s rich in both celebrated and hidden artistic talent. Click each photo to read, in their own words, a little about why the arts and design — including music, dance, painting, theater, architecture and photography — give them joy and insight.

PET scans reveal key details of Alzheimer’s protein growth in aging brains

March 2, 2016
New research led by scientists at UC Berkeley shows for the first time that PET scans can track the progressive stages of Alzheimer’s disease in cognitively normal adults, a key advance in the early diagnosis and staging of the neurodegenerative disorder.

UC Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna joins Biden in Davos rollout of ‘cancer moonshot’

January 19, 2016
Jennifer Doudna joined Joseph Biden this morning at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as the vice president promoted a major new U.S. initiative to speed the discovery of cures for cancer, what President Obama has dubbed a “cancer moonshot.” Announced last week in Obama’s State of the Union address, the initiative will be the focus of Biden’s final year in office as he attempts to double the rate of progress against cancer.

UC Berkeley biologists link worldwide bee epidemic to human cause: colony trafficking

February 10, 2016
According to a new finding by UC Berkeley and Exeter University biologists, world traffic in bee colonies is fueling a worldwide bee epidemic. The spread of the deformed wing virus, which is affecting European honeybee colonies and wild bee populations, is adding to fears over the future of global bee populations, biodiversity, agricultural biosecurity, global economies and human health.

Brain scientist Marian Diamond subject of new documentary

February 26, 2016
Over the course of her career, Diamond, a professor emeritus of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, demonstrated that an enriched environment builds better brains and helped establish the idea that the brain changes throughout our lifetimes. Now 89, Diamond is the subject of a new one-hour documentary, My Love Affair with the Brain: the Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond, that will get its local premiere Saturday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. in the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna joins Biden during Bay Area stop on cancer ‘listening tour’

February 29, 2016
Vice President Joe Biden visited UCSF on Feb. 27 as part of his ‘cancer moonshot’ tour, where he heard from scientists such as UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna, the co-inventor of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool now being applied to cancer research.

Three Berkeley faculty members among 15 new Searle Scholars

April 15, 2016
Three young UC Berkeley faculty members were appointed Searle Scholars this week, comprising one-fifth of the 2016 class of 15 fellows, each of whom will receive $300,000 in research support for the next three years.