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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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“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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UC Davis lands three new USDA food safety grants

By Pat Bailey UC Davis scientists are leading three new research projects on food safety, recently funded with more than $5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. These grants are part …
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Video from UC Davis/Mars symposium on innovation in food and health

Video streams from the Jan. 14 symposium on innovation in food, agriculture and health are now available online. The morning session can be found here and the afternoon, here. The complete program is available here. The morning session included a …
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Engineering self-assembling amyloid fibers

Nature has many examples of self-assembly, and bioengineers are interested in copying or manipulating these systems to create useful new materials or devices. Amyloid proteins, for example, can self-assemble into the tangled plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease — but similar …
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Could Western China repeat California’s success in agriculture?

By Colin Carter Recently I joined a large delegation from UC Davis, led by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, at the 80th anniversary celebration of China’s Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Shaanxi province, including an international forum on the development …
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Animal scientist receives Borlaug communications award

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) has announced that Alison Van Eenennaam, a geneticist and Cooperative Extension specialist in animal genomics and biotechnology at UC Davis, is the recipient of its 2014 Borlaug CAST Communication Award. Announcement of …
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UC Davis engineer works on Google’s smart contact lens for diabetics

Google recently announced that its Google[x] lab is working on a novel contact lens that could help people with diabetes monitor their blood sugar, by measuring glucose levels in tears. Stephen O’Driscoll, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at …
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Successful treatment of cancer with nanoparticles and ultrasound in mice

Biomedical engineers at UC Davis have successfully tested in mice a treatment for breast cancer that uses ultrasound to release anticancer drugs from nanoparticles inside a tumor. “We do think we are onto something interesting with these particles. Our mice are …
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