Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

Berkeley CRISPR research institute expands into agriculture, microbiology

January 25, 2017

An initiative launched two years ago by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco to use CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to develop new disease therapies is expanding into research on the planet’s major crops and poorly understood microbiomes, with plans to invest $125 million in these areas over the next five years.

UC Berkeley uses the commonalities of cancer and infectious disease to improve treatments for both

January 19, 2017

A booming field called immunotherapy - pioneered at UC Berkeley - proves that studying the way the immune system deals with cancer cells and pathogens could greatly improve therapies for both.

Berkeley scientists reprogram embryonic stem cells to expand their potential

January 17, 2017

Researchers from UC Berkeley have found a way to reprogram mouse embryonic stem cells so that they exhibit developmental characteristics resembling those of fertilized eggs, or zygotes.

Berkeley scientists find compact CRISPR systems in some of world’s smallest microbes

December 23, 2016

UC Berkeley scientists have discovered simple CRISPR systems similar to CRISPR-Cas9 — a gene-editing tool that has revolutionized biology — in previously unexplored bacteria that have eluded efforts to grow them in the laboratory.

Berkeley biologist uses drones to help monitor health of giant sequoias

December 13, 2016

Todd Dawson, a professor of integrative biology and environmental science, policy and management at UC Berkeley has teamed up with Parrot to test the company’s drone-based research tools as a way to monitor the Sierra Nevada’s giant sequoias more intensively, helping him find out how they utilize water and sunlight and predict how they will deal with a warmer Earth and changes in water supply.

Biologists explore conjuring color in the lab

December 6, 2016

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. This article explores the various ways to generate color, both manmade and natural. 

Berkeley biologists discover new salamander species, world’s smallest, and it is already endangered

November 16, 2016

An international team of researchers who are reporting three new species of the world’s smallest salamander from the remote mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico, warn that the rare creatures are already in danger of dying out.

East West Alliance Symposium 2016

June 27, 2016
Frontiers in Health Research - October 30th - November 1st at University of California, Berkeley