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How brain structures grow as memory develops

Our ability to store memories improves during childhood, associated with structural changes in the hippocampus and its connections with prefrontal and parietal cortices. New research from UC Davis is exploring how these brain regions develop at this crucial time. Eventually, …
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Plants, worms, people and cancer

What do plants and worms and humans have in common, and how can they help humans? To address that deceptively simple question, Professors Anne Britt of Plant Biology and JoAnne Engebrecht of Molecular and Cellular Biology are collaborating through the …
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First peanut genomes sequenced

The genome of the peanut, a staple food for millions in the developing world as well as an important cash crop, has been sequenced by a multinational consortium including researchers at the UC Davis Genome Center. The new peanut genome …
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Upcoming: Friday talks on science of elite sports

If you’re interested in a scientific approach to athletic performance or coaching, an upcoming series of visiting lectures at UC Davis is for you. Beginning on April 4, the first three speakers are: Stuart Kim, Stanford University, on using genetics …
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DNA repair protein is a three-way zipper

New work from UC Davis explains how a protein motor named Rad54 helps both to form and to break down the “displacement loop,” or D-loop, a key intermediate in the important DNA repair pathway, homologous recombination. Formation of the D-loop …
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New anthrax-killing virus from Africa is unusually large

From a zebra carcass on the plains of Namibia in Southern Africa, an international team of researchers has discovered a new, unusually large virus (or bacteriophage) that infects the bacterium that causes anthrax. The novel bacteriophage could eventually open up …
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UC Davis work leads to FDA action on antibacterial soaps

On Dec. 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called on manufacturers of antibacterial soaps to demonstrate that the anti-microbial agents have added benefit overĀ  washing with soap and water, and that these additives do not pose unacceptable risks. This …
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New natural mosquito repellent discovered

Two recent papers by Professor Walter Leal, Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology could have far-reaching consequences for both mosquito and moth control. But perhaps the most exciting outcome of the work is his serendipitous discovery of a naturally occurring …
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Name that pupfish!

Getting to name new species must be one of the small pleasures of being a biologist. And if you’ve spent much of your Ph.D. painstakingly breeding thousands of hybrids of tiny fish, then flown with them to the Bahamas, you …
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Cellular traffic system wins 2013 Medicine Nobel

The 2013 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to James Rothman, Yale University; Randy Schekman, UC Berkeley; and Thomas Suedhof, Stanford University, for their independent work uncovering the system of vesicles, or tiny bubbles, used to move …
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