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Probing bacterial immune system could help improve human gene editing

Probing bacterial immune system could help improve human gene editing March 3, 2015:

Jennifer Doudna and James Nuñez are probing the CRISPR/Cas9-based immune system that bacteria have developed to prevent viruses from killing them, and have discovered how they “steal” genetic information from these foreign invaders to remember and attack them in the future. Doudna hopes this information will help to improve targeted gene editing in human and animal cells.

$13 million gift launches new maternal and child health center at School of Public Health

$13 million gift launches new maternal and child health center at School of Public Health March 2, 2015:

Dr. Helen Wallace, a world-renowned professor, mentor and advocate known for her passion for improving the lives of women and children, has left a bequest valued at more than $13 million to UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. The funds will launch the Wallace Maternal and Child Health Center, the campus announced today (Monday, March 2).

UC Berkeley debuts first-of-its-kind 3-D-printed cement structure

UC Berkeley debuts first-of-its-kind 3-D-printed cement structure March 2, 2015:

A team led by Ronald Rael, UC Berkeley associate professor of architecture, is unveiling the first and largest powder-based 3-D-printed cement structure built to date. The pavilion, “Bloom,” demonstrates the architectural potential of 3-D printing, its creators say.

First detailed look at the guts of world’s smallest lifeforms

First detailed look at the guts of world’s smallest lifeforms February 27, 2015:

UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab scientist Jill Banfield and colleagues have for the first time snapped detailed microscopic photos of what may be the smallest forms of life on Earth: common bacteria that appear to pack their DNA very tightly. The team also sequenced the genomes of these strange bacteria.

Media Advisory: Panel of health, legal experts to address undervaccination in California

Media Advisory: Panel of health, legal experts to address undervaccination in California February 26, 2015:

UC Berkeley is organizing a panel of health and legal experts to discuss the underlying social and cultural framework of resistance to childhood vaccinations. Panelists will address vaccine-related questions of constitutional rights, civil liability, and the status and potential impact of proposed state legislation to alter “personal belief exemption” rules. The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at the Li Ka Shing Center.