Conservation biologist Claire Kremen, professor of environmental science, policy and management; geophysicist Mark Richards, professor of earth and planetary science; and moss expert Benito Tan of the University Herbarium were among 10 new fellows appointed this week by the California Academy of Sciences, the oldest scientific organization in the Western U.S.
Randy Schekman, UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology, shares the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for work on how yeast secrete proteins. This research led directly to the success of the biotech industry and advances in treating diseases like diabetes and hepatitis B. Also see: Monday's news conference, How the winner got the news and continuing updates via Storify.
What makes some people more prone to wedded bliss or sorrow than others? Researchers at UC Berkeley have found a major clue in our DNA. A gene involved in the regulation of serotonin can predict how much our emotions affect our relationships, according to a new study that may be the first to link genetics, emotions, and marital satisfaction.
Berkeley Seismological Laboratory director Richard Allen argued in a "Nature" commentary that the action taken last week by Gov. Brown to create a California earthquake early warning system should be followed by the United States and other countries because such systems are known to save lives, lessen property damage and speed recovery after large quakes. But money is needed.
New research on the chronic, itchy skin condition called eczema, which often progresses to asthma and allergies, could lead to new therapies. Diana Bautista and her colleagues have discovered that itch-sensitive nerves in the skin play a key role in responding to itch-producing chemicals, and have found evidence that blocking these nerves can help alleviate symptoms.
The Kavli Foundation has endowed The Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to explore the basic science of how to capture and channel energy on the molecular or nanoscale, with the potential for discovering new ways of generating energy for human use.
Robert Stebbins, the preeminent expert on western North American reptiles and amphibians best known for his Peterson series book, 'A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians,' which he illustrated himself and is still in print after nearly 50 years, died at his home in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 23. He was 98.
Scientists have reversed the decline of a New Hampshire watershed by gradually adding calcium back into the soil over 15 years. The experimental forest had suffered depletion of key soil nutrients due to acid rain. The study not only illustrates the impact of acid rain, but a potential treatment to help reverse the damage.
Infection with the toxoplasma parasite makes mice fearless in the presence of cats. But how? UC Berkeley scientists looked at the effects of three common strains of toxoplasma and found that they remove the fear of cat urine for as long as four months, apparently making permanent changes in the mouse brain's neurons.
Legless lizards are rarely seen; there's only one species in the U.S. West and it lives underground. Hence the surprise when UC Berkeley and Cal State-Fullerton biologists found four new species in California, living in marginal areas like downtown Bakersfield, San Joaquin Valley oil fields and west of the runways at LAX.
A research team including UC Berkeley computational biologist Steven Brenner has received a $6 million NIH grant to study whether it makes sense to implement genetic sequencing as part of, or instead of, the current newborn-screening protocol. The researchers will also look at questions of ethics and public interest.