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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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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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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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“Chromosome shattering” seen in plants, cancer

Plants can undergo the same extreme “chromosome shattering” seen in some human cancers and developmental syndromes, UC Davis researchers have found. Chromosome shattering, or “chromothripsis,” has until now only been seen in animal cells. A paper on the work is …
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Understanding how cells follow electric fields

Many living things can respond to electric fields, either moving or using them to detect prey or enemies. Weak electric fields may be important growth and development, and in wound healing: it’s known that one of the signals that guides …
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Wave machine links microbes and sea spray to clouds and climate

How do you catch a wave upon the sand? Put it in a machine. By Kat Kerlin In a wooden building overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 3,800 gallons of seawater are emptied into a long, clear, covered tank — a wave …
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