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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Immune proteins spread a net to trap bacteria

A “natural antibiotic” protects the body against bacteria by tangling them in a net, not poking holes in them, a team led by UC Davis Health System researchers has found. It’s an entirely new mechanism of action for defensins, an …
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Merging cluster cosmologists merge (sort of)

(Contributed by Will Dawson, Physics. Will’s blog is here.) We were just awarded a grant from the University of California High-Perfomance Astrocomputing Center to establish a UC Davis – UC Irvine collaboration to study merging clusters, with the aim of …
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Another Titan Arum corpseflower set to bloom

“Tammy,” a Titan Arum or corpseflower, is getting ready to bloom at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory greenhouse. This will be the eighth successful Titan Arum bloom at UC Davis since 2003, but the first for this plant, grown from …
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Video: Jon Eisen on our microbial cloud, poo tea and diabetes

Jonathan Eisen of the UC Davis Genome Center was invited to speak at the recent TEDMED meeting in Washington D.C. and video of his talk has now been posted online. While much of medicine has obsessed over cleanliness and removing …
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Watching the transit of Venus

Quite a crowd showed up in Lot 2 yesterday afternoon to watch the transit of Venus. Geology graduate student John Peterson had set up his telescope, with a special solar filter, and invited others to come and watch. Peterson, in …
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