Human and Animal Health

The Language of Biology: How the Heck Do Scientists Assemble a Genome?

March 14, 2019
The genome—the complete suite of an organism’s DNA and genes—is likened to a blueprint for life. On the surface, this comparison provides some understanding of a biological concept. But according to some scientists, it misses the mark.

From Yeast to Zebrafish, New Insight on Birth Defects and Miscarriage

January 17, 2019
In a study appearing in PLOS Genetics, Professor Sean Burgess and her colleagues highlight how mutations in a gene called spo11 can lead to zebrafish males that are infertile and females that produce offspring with developmental problems.

Fruit Flies Raised in Space by UC Davis Researcher Show Weakened Immunity

December 14, 2018
Deborah Kimbrell is one of first researchers to study innate immunity in fruit flies. This is one in a series of stories highlighting UC Davis’ role in space research as the country reaches the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Uncovering How Dengue, Zika Viruses Manipulate Hosts

December 13, 2018
A new, holistic approach to biology is giving researchers new insights into how the Dengue and Zika viruses attack their hosts and, in the case of Zika, affect brain development.

Exploring the Role of Redox and Bioelectric Players in Tissue Regeneration

November 07, 2018
Seeking a better understanding of limb regeneration, UC Davis researchers are studying the relationship of redox players, like oxygen and hydrogen peroxide, with bioelectricity, including membrane potential and electric currents, to pinpoint how a tadpole can regrow an amputated tail.