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21st century linguistics: helping computer scientists write better code

By Jeffrey Day Raúl Aranovich, an associate professor of linguistics at UC Davis, is using his knowledge of language structure and theory on a project to identify programmers most likely to write vulnerable code. He is working with UC Davis …
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Network of tubes plays a key role in plants’ immune defense

Chloroplasts, better known for taking care of photosynthesis in plant cells, play an unexpected role in responding to infections in plants, researchers at UC Davis and the University of Delaware have found. When plant cells are infected with pathogens, networks …
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Engineering new routes to biochemicals

Living cells can make a vast range of products for us, but they don’t always do it in the most straightforward or efficient way. Shota Atsumi, a chemistry professor at UC Davis, aims to address that through “synthetic biology:” designing …
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California’s wildflowers losing diversity in face of warmer, drier winters

By Kat Kerlin Native wildflowers in California are losing species diversity after multiple years of drier winters, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, which provides the first direct evidence of climate change impacts in the state’s …
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KVIE documentary highlights the latest in genomics, precision medicine

On Wednesday, June 24 KVIE public television will air “A Path to Healing: Genomics and Disease Prevention,” examining how California doctors and patients are using the new science of genomics and DNA sequencing to treat cancer, muscular dystrophy and other …
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Baboons don’t just follow the leader

By Jeffrey Day Baboons live in a strongly hierarchical society, but the big guys don’t make all the decisions. A new study from the University of California, Davis, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute reveals that animals living in complex, …
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Wild bees pollinate crops, but that’s not why they should be conserved

By Kathy Keatley Garvey Wild bee diversity is declining worldwide at unprecedented rates, and steps must be taken to conserve them — and not just those that are the main pollinators of agricultural crops, declare 58 bee researchers in a …
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Engineering student builds machines for battlebots

Travis Smith has always been interested in building things. This summer, the UC Davis graduate student will be on national television building robots and then watching his creations stand up to spikes, chainsaws and flamethrowers as a team member in …
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UC Davis graduate student to attend Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting

By Derrick Bang Christopher Chapman, a Ph.D. student in the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected to attend the 65th annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, taking place June 28-July 3 in Lindau, Germany. Chapman will join a U.S. delegation …
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“Crosstalk” gives clues to diabetes

Sometimes, listening in on a conversation can tell you a lot. For Mark Huising, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences, that crosstalk is between the cells that …
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