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UC Davis Research on Gravity Predates Men Landing on the Moon 50 Years Ago

October 16, 2018
NASA has invested millions of dollars in UC Davis research, working with UC Davis biologists, engineers, physiologists, psychologists and other researchers to study life in space — whether that be studying space itself, the effects of gravity, getting there, staying there or surviving there.

Large Stretches of Coral Reefs Can Be Rehabilitated

September 27, 2018
Even after being severely damaged by blast fishing and coral mining, coral reefs can be rehabilitated over large scales. In a new study, researchers installed 11,000 small, hexagonal structures called “spiders” across 5 acres of reef in the center of Indonesia’s Coral Triangle.

“Cellular Memory” of DNA Damage in Oocyte Quality Control

September 27, 2018
During oocyte quality control, a decision is made whether each oocyte should continue and join the reserve of eggs or undergo cellular death. New research from Neil Hunter’s laboratory at UC Davis reveals the surprising way that this critical oocyte quality control process works.

Wayward Ways: New Study Reveals How the Nucleus Travels

September 20, 2018
Using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tools, Dan Starr created mutant versions of the worm C. elegans, to explore how the nucleus moves and repositions itself in the eukaryotic cell.