Discovery Could Lead to Novel Therapies for Fragile X Syndrome

Scientists studying the most common form of inherited mental disability—a genetic disease called “Fragile X syndrome”—have uncovered new details about the cellular processes responsible for the condition that could lead to the development of therapies to restore some of the capabilities lost in affected individuals.

April 17, 2014Research, Science & Engineering, Physical Sciences

Biologists Develop Nanosensors to Visualize Movements and Distribution of Plant Stress Hormone

Biologists at UC San Diego have succeeded in visualizing the movement within plants of a key hormone responsible for growth and resistance to drought. The achievement will allow researchers to conduct further studies to determine how the hormone helps plants respond to drought and other environmental stresses driven by the continuing increase in the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide, or CO2, concentration.

April 15, 2014Science and Engineering, Research, Science & Engineering

UC San Diego Researchers Develop Bacterial ‘FM Radio’

A team of UC San Diego biologists and engineers has developed a "rapid and tunable post-translational coupling for genetic circuits."

April 09, 2014General, Research, Science & Engineering

Lord of the Bees

James Hung has collected more than 17,000 wild bees from coastal, desert and mountain areas of San Diego County. But many of his specimens bear little resemblance to the honey bees we normally think of as bees. To the casual observer, his bee collection looks more like a menagerie of Insects Gone Wild—gnat-sized bugs with long snouts, gigantic black bees and curious iridescent creatures with termite-like wings.

March 20, 2014Science & Engineering, Environment

Motion-Sensing Cells in the Eye Let the Brain ‘Know’ About Directional Changes

In a detailed study of the neurons linking the eyes and brains of mice, biologists at UC San Diego discovered that the ability of our brains and those of other mammals to figure out and process in our brains directional movements is a result of the activation in the cortex of signals that originate from the direction-sensing cells in the retina of our eyes.

March 03, 2014Science and Engineering

In Memoriam: Arthur M. Wolfe 1939-2014

Arthur M. Wolfe, an American astrophysicist who for a decade directed the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at the University of California, San Diego and achieved widespread recognition for his discoveries about star formation and the early universe, died on February 17 following a battle with cancer in La Jolla, Calif. He was 74.

February 20, 2014General, Science and Engineering, Physical Sciences

‘Barcoding’ Life

San Diego is one of the world’s “hotspots” for biodiversity, home to a diverse collection of creatures found nowhere else in the world. But like many ecological hotspots around the globe, most of the unique species in our region—particularly its insects, spiders and other small critters—have yet to be described and catalogued by scientists.

January 30, 2014Science & Engineering, Students

Biologists Discover Solution to Problem Limiting Development of Human Stem Cell Therapies

Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered an effective strategy that could prevent the human immune system from rejecting the grafts derived from human embryonic stem cells, a major problem now limiting the development of human stem cell therapies. Their discovery may also provide scientists with a better understanding of how tumors evade the human immune system when they spread throughout the body.

January 02, 2014General, Science and Engineering, Science & Engineering

UC San Diego Biophysicists Examine Development of Antibiotic Resistance

A team of UC San Diego biophysicists used quantitative models of bacterial growth to discover the bizarre way by which antibiotic resistance allows bacteria to multiply in the presence of antibiotics, a growing health problem in hospitals and nursing homes across the United States.

December 05, 2013Health, Science and Engineering, Health & Medicine, Science & Engineering

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