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Jennifer Doudna shares Janssen Award for Biomedical Research with video

Jennifer Doudna shares Janssen Award for Biomedical Research June 24, 2014:

Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna and European colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier are the winners of the 2014 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research, awarded by Johnson & Johnson. Their collaboration led to the discovery of a new method for precisely manipulating genetic information in ways that should produce new insights in health and disease and may lead to new drug targets.

Observations confirm link between massive stars and weird supernovas

Observations confirm link between massive stars and weird supernovas May 21, 2014:

Nearly three decades ago, UC Berkeley astronomer Alex Filippenko observed a weird supernova that puzzled him and his colleagues. Some theorized that it was caused by the explosion of an aged but massive star called a Wolf-Rayet star. A supernova observed last year confirms this suspicion.

Polar bear genome gives new insight into adaptations to high-fat diet

Polar bear genome gives new insight into adaptations to high-fat diet May 8, 2014:

The polar bear diverged from the brown bear, or grizzly, as recently as several hundred thousand years ago, according to a genome comparison by UC Berkeley, Chinese and Danish researchers. They pinpointed genes involved in fat metabolism that could provide insights that will help humans deal with health problems caused by high-fat diets.