Research archive

Worm, fly development surprisingly similar, Berkeley study finds

Worm, fly development surprisingly similar, Berkeley study finds July 2, 2014:

Grad student Jingyi Jesscia Li, plant and microbial biology professor Steve Brenner and colleagues compared the genes activated during development in the early fruit fly and nematode (C. elegans) and found them to be surprisingly similar. Fruit flies actually use these genes twice, once during larval development and again during metamorphosis. The research is part of the modENCODE project.

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.

Study finds hazardous flame retardants in preschool, childcare settings

Study finds hazardous flame retardants in preschool, childcare settings May 15, 2014:

A new study led by UC Berkeley researchers finds that flame retardants are prevalent indoors in preschools and daycare centers, potentially exposing young children to chemicals known to be hazardous.