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Grant to help commercialize silicon surgical blades

A UC Davis engineering professor has received a grant of $200,000 from the National Science Foundation “Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation” program to move his silicon-based blades towards commercial development as surgical and shaving tools. Silicon or …
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Memory researcher wins Pentagon grant

Congratulations to Professor Charan Ranganath of the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience and Department of Psychology on his selection as a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow by the U.S. Department of Defense. The five-year, $2.6 million fellowship will …
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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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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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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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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 over  washing with soap and water, and that these additives do not pose unacceptable risks. This …
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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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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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