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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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BGI, UC Davis to host international genomics conference this Fall

The cutting-edge role of genomics — large-scale sequencing and analysis of DNA — in medicine, agriculture and science will be the topics of  the Second International Conference on Genomics in the Americas, to be held in Sacramento, Sept. 12-13. The …
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Bad news for pears, but let the cows eat cake

Two sort-of nutrition related items that caught my eye today: Firstly, researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine contradict the notion that a “pear-shaped” body is healthier than an “apple-shaped” one; second, some cattle ranchers stung by the high …
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UC Davis receives Gates Foundation “Grand Challenges Explorations” grants

Three UC Davis research teams are winners of Grand Challenges Explorations grants to support innovative global health and development research projects, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A group led by Professor Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar of the …
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Foods For Health Institute needs study volunteers

From the Food For Health Institute The UC Davis Foods for Health Institute is recruiting participants for two important projects in our Human Studies program. The Dairy Fat Inflammation study tests the effect of consuming different cheeses on the fats …
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Plant scientists honored for humanitarian rice research

By Pat Bailey UC Davis plant scientists Pamela Ronald and David Mackill have been named laureates of the Tech Awards 2012, selected by The Tech Museum of San Jose, Calif., for their efforts to apply technology to benefit humanity and …
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People’s Choice Awards, science edition!

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is opening up its “HHSInnovates” program to public voting for the first time, and one of the projects in contention is the UC Davis-based 100K Genome Project to sequence the DNA of …
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UC Davis magazine: Entrepreneurs, guns, domes

The Spring issue of UC Davis Magazine is on its way out to alumni and parents, and available online at the magazine’s website and in a new online “zmag” format. The cover story of this issue, by Clifton Parker, is …
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Video: Pumpkin science

Here at UC Davis, pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween. They are also used for research year-round. Professor Bill Lucas of the Department of Plant Biology uses pumpkins for his research on communications in plants because it is easy to tap …
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All about tomatoes

Sorry for the long break from posts, dear readers; there was vacation, and then catching up from vacation. Let’s dip back in with a post on tomatoes. I learned something from reading this article: the age-old argument as to whether …
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