Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

Emoji fans take heart: Scientists pinpoint 27 states of emotion

September 6, 2017

A new UC Berkeley study challenges a long-held assumption in psychology that most human emotions fall within the universal categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear and disgust.

Berkeley researchers discover how bacteria act as aphrodisiac for the closest relatives of animals

September 1, 2017

To the surprise of scientists, bacteria can act as an aphrodisiac for one-celled marine organisms notable for being the closest living relatives of all animals. This is the first known example of bacteria triggering mating in a eukaryote, a group that includes all plants and animals.

Berkeley scientists link more education to better cognitive functioning later in life

August 28, 2017

Higher levels of education are tied to later ages of peak cognitive functioning, according to new research published today in the journal PLoS One.

Berkeley scientists identifiy two-step process that leads to cell immortalization and cancer

August 17, 2017

A mutation that helps make cells immortal is critical to the development of a tumor, but new research at UC Berkeley suggests that becoming immortal is a more complicated process than originally thought.

Tips for viewing (and enjoying) Monday’s solar eclipse

August 17, 2017

The total solar eclipse – the first visible from the continental U.S. since 1979 – will traverse the entire country in a band about 70 miles wide, beginning on the Oregon coast and ending 90 minutes later off the coast of South Carolina.

Aug. 16-17 CRISPRcon to focus on societal issues of gene editing

August 3, 2017
UC Berkeley is hosting a two-day conference Aug. 16-17 that will bring together farmers, doctors, patients, environmentalists, consumers, nonprofits, community leaders and scientists to discuss potential applications of CRISPR technology, ranging from human and animal health to agriculture and conservation.

UC files appeal to revive CRISPR patent interference

July 31, 2017

The University of California yesterday filed its opening brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., in support of its appeal of the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) decision in the CRISPR-Cas9 interference.

Marian Diamond, known for studies of Einstein’s brain, dies at 90

July 31, 2017

Marian Cleeves Diamond, one of the founders of modern neuroscience who was the first to show that the brain can change with experience and improve with enrichment, and who discovered evidence of this in the brain of Albert Einstein, died July 25 at the age of 90 at her home in Oakland.

Researchers discover how CRISPR proteins find their target

July 24, 2017

UC Berkeley researchers have discovered how Cas1-Cas2, the proteins responsible for the ability of the CRISPR immune system in bacteria to adapt to new viral infections, identify the site in the genome where they insert viral DNA so they can recognize it later and mount an attack.