Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

Four UC Berkeley scientists receive prestigious NIH awards

October 18, 2016

Four UC Berkeley scientists have been recognized as innovators in their fields through new research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Berkeley genome engineering technology paves way for sickle cell cure

October 12, 2016

A team of physicians and laboratory scientists has taken a key step toward a cure for sickle cell disease, using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to fix the mutated gene responsible for the disease in stem cells from the blood of affected patients.

Research gives hope to those with head and facial deformities

October 6, 2016
Calcium, the main constituent of bone, turns out to play a major role in regulating the cells that orchestrate bone growth, a finding that could affect treatment for conditions caused by too much collagen deposition, such as fibrosis and excessive scarring, as well as diseases of too little bone growth. The finding by Michael Rape, the Dr. K. Peter Hirth Chair in Cancer Biology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, and his colleagues at UC Berkeley came from study of the signals that tell undifferentiated stem cells in the very early embryo to mature into bone cells.

Nobel Prize winner to join UC Berkeley faculty in Physics and Biology

September 28, 2016

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Eric Betzig and world-class biophysicist Na Ji will join the UC Berkeley faculty in the summer of 2017. Concurrent with their hire at UC Berkeley, Betzig and Ji will have joint appointments and research programs at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) as faculty scientists in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division of the Biosciences Area.

CRISPR toolbox expanded by protein that cuts RNA in two distinct ways

September 27, 2016

UC Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna, molecular biologist Robert Tijan and a team of researchers have expanded the role of the newly discovered CRISPR protein C2c2 that targets RNA instead of DNA.

UC Berkeley to partner in $600M Chan Zuckerberg science ‘Biohub’

September 21, 2016

UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Stanford University will join forces in a new medical science research center funded by a $600 million commitment from Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician Priscilla Chan.

UC Berkeley psychology research team discovers that brain’s hippocampus helps fill in the blanks of language

September 19, 2016

A new study shows that when you finish your spouse’s sentences or answer a fill-in-the-blank question, you’re engaging the brain’s relay station for memories, an area that until now was largely neglected by scientists studying language.

Berkeley scientists investigate how types of fat might protect us from brain disease

September 8, 2016

An intriguing finding in nematode worms suggests that having a little bit of extra fat may help reduce the risk of developing some neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Conversations in science: Berkeley biologist Jennifer Doudna speaks with Dan Rather

September 12, 2016

Biochemist Jennifer Doudna speaks with journalist Dan Rather about new genome editing technologies and their implications for science, medicine, and society. This conversation in science was produced by iBiology.

Notes from Understory: A Berkeley Biologist Gauges the Health of the Redwoods from the Ferns on the Forest Floor

August 29, 2016

Emily Burns, who got her PhD from Berkeley in integrative biology 2009 and is the science director of Save the Redwoods Leaguefinds that water is the critical determinant in fern size.