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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.

Is there a giant planet lurking beyond Pluto?

August 2, 2017

IEEE Spectrum profiles the work of Berkeley alum Mike Brown as well as researchers at UC Berkeley.

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.

Defense department pours $65 million into making CRISPR safer

July 24, 2017

With one eye on potential bioterrorism threats, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency today announced $65 million in funding to seven projects around the country – including one led by UC Berkeley – to improve the safety and accuracy of gene editing.

Berkeley scientists explore how to create artificial skin using chicken feathers

July 19, 2017

Chicken skin may provide tips on how to grow artificial skin for grafts that looks like normal human skin, complete with hair follicles and sweat pores. Just the right tension on growing skin could set up these organized structures without the need to add chemicals to trigger them.

$21.6 million funding from DARPA to build window into the brain

July 14, 2017

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded UC Berkeley $21.6 million over four years to create a window into the brain through which researchers — and eventually physicians — can monitor and activate thousands to millions of individual neurons using light.