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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.

$5.8 million grant helps expand radio telescope to study ‘cosmic dawn'

March 7, 2017

A radio telescope array being built in South Africa to explore the period after stars first formed in the early universe has received $5.8 million in new funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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.

Carol Christ named UC Berkeley chancellor-designate, pending regents’ approval

March 13, 2017

University of California President Janet Napolitano today announced that she has selected Carol T. Christ, UC Berkeley’s interim executive vice chancellor and provost and the former president of Smith College, as her choice to become the campus’s next chancellor, the first woman to serve in the role.

Berkeley scientist explores how a butterfly builds its wings

February 28, 2017
Nipam Patel started collecting butterflies when he was 8. Now an evolutionary and developmental biologist at UC Berkeley, Patel and his team are using innovative techniques to try to figure out something that’s fascinated but eluded scientists for years: How butterflies develop their extraordinary colors and patterns.

Sloan fellowships awarded to faculty ‘rising stars’

February 23, 2017

Five young UC Berkeley faculty members (two within the College of Letters & Science) have been awarded 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships, coveted grants for scientists and scholars at the beginning of their academic careers.