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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).

New report documents progress in California health care quality

New report documents progress in California health care quality February 17, 2015:

California’s accountable care organizations are growing in size and number, serving more patients, and improving the quality of care—according to a report released today by the Berkeley Forum for Improving California’s Healthcare Delivery System.

Launch of new genomics initiative draws enthusiastic industry, academic partners with video

Launch of new genomics initiative draws enthusiastic industry, academic partners February 5, 2015:

UC Berkeley and UCSF scientists joined colleagues from the biopharmaceutical industry on Feb. 4 to celebrate the launch of the Innovative Genomics Initiative, which aims to perfect gene editing technology discovered at Berkeley and apply it to the development of new drugs to fight disease globally.

Bakar Fellows Program seeks early-career faculty pursuing innovative research

Bakar Fellows Program seeks early-career faculty pursuing innovative research February 4, 2015:

The Bakar Fellows Program, now entering its fourth year, is inviting applications from other early career professors interested in innovative research that hold commercial promise.

Blocking hormone could eliminate stress-induced infertility

Blocking hormone could eliminate stress-induced infertility January 12, 2015:

Berkeley scientists show that the effects of chronic stress on fertility persist long after the stress is gone. This is because a hormone that suppresses fertility, GnIH, remains high even after stress hormone levels return to normal. In rats, they successfully blocked the hormone gene and restored normal reproductive behavior, suggesting therapeutic potential for stressed humans and animals in captive breeding programs.

Kids sleep less when smartphones are nearby, study finds

Kids sleep less when smartphones are nearby, study finds January 6, 2015:

A study led by a UC Berkeley researcher finds that children who slept in the same room as small screens such as smartphones got almost 21 fewer minutes of shuteye a night than those who didn’t. The findings contribute to a growing body of evidence that electronic gadgets in the bedroom interfere with sleep.

Berkeley researchers develop new standard for sharing neuroscience data

Berkeley researchers develop new standard for sharing neuroscience data December 19, 2014:

Berkeley Lab researchers have developed a computational framework for standardizing neuroscience data to assist data sharing among neuroscientists worldwide, much as the jpeg and TIFF standards have made sharing digital images easy. The researchers are part of the UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab and UCSF partnership called BRAINSeed.