Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

Pac-Man-like CRISPR enzymes have potential for disease diagnostics

May 4, 2017

University of California, Berkeley, researchers have described 10 new CRISPR enzymes that, once activated, behave like Pac-Man to chew up RNA in a way that could be used as sensitive detectors of infectious viruses.

UC appeals U.S. patent board decision on CRISPR-Cas9

April 13, 2017

The University of California, the University of Vienna and Emmanuelle Charpentier (collectively UC) on Wednesday, April 12, filed an appeal to overturn a decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that terminated the interference between a UC patent application for CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology and the patent applications and issued patents of the Broad Institute, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Don’t Miss the Berkeley Grad Slam Championship!

April 4, 2017

See eight graduate student semi-finalists (including 4 from L&S) compete to be the Berkeley Champion!

Yosemite documentary features Berkeley sequoia researchers

March 30, 2017

A new PBS Nature documentary explores the impact of climate change on Yosemite National Park, and features two UC Berkeley biologists who climb to the tops of giant sequoias to understand what the future holds for these ancient trees.

Berkeley biologist's research creates color in the lab

March 30, 2017

Professor Nipam Patel is working on different ways to generate color in a lab setting. Research on colorful phenomena has inspired many technologies, from sensors to drug treatments, and has provided a glimpse into nature’s inner workings, from evolution to quantum physics.

Five Questions for David Presti

March 28, 2017
Five Questions for Professor David Presti, who teaches the popular L&S Discovery Course Drugs and the Brain

UC Berkeley Receives CRISPR Patent in Europe

March 28, 2017

The European Patent Office will grant patent rights over the use of CRISPR in all cell types to a University of California team, contrasting with a recent decision in the U.S.

Berkeley scientist explores new drug strategy: targetting ribosome to halt protein production

March 23, 2017

In a paper appearing today in the journal PLOS Biology, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development report finding a small molecule that was able to block the production of a specific protein involved in LDL (low-density lipoprotein) turnover by stalling only the ribosome that produces that protein.

Berkeley biologist analyzes the long decline of Hawaiian biodiversity

March 22, 2017

Hawaii’s unique animal and plant diversity has been declining on all but the Big Island for millions of years, long before humans arrived, according to a new analysis of species diversity on the islands by University of California, Berkeley, evolutionary biologists.

City of Berkeley honors Marian Diamond, who radically changed how we think about the brain

March 16, 2017

This week, Diamond, a UC Berkeley emeritus professor of integrative biology and the first woman to earn a PhD in anatomy at Cal, is being honored by the Berkeley City Council, which is designating March 14 as Marian Diamond Day.