Human and Animal Health

A Menagerie of Model Organisms

May 14, 2019
What can a worm or fish tell us about the human body? When it comes to biology, quite a lot actually. Learn how UC Davis researchers are using animal models to answer basic biological questions that will build the foundation for revolutions in human health in the new feature story "A Menagerie of Model Organisms."

Engineering a Balanced Diet? Hormone FGF21 Promotes Protein Preference

May 13, 2019
In a study appearing in Endocrinology, Associate Professor Karen Ryan and her colleagues identified the hormone fibroblast growth factor-21 (FGF21) as a control for regulating dietary protein intake in male mice. They found that male mice injected with the hormone increased their intake of dietary protein over carbohydrates and fats.

Discovering Curiosity: Fighting Neuromuscular Disorders with New Faculty Lucas Smith

April 05, 2019
In his new lab at UC Davis, Assistant Professor Lucas Smith, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, investigates how the accumulation of scar tissue affects muscle mechanics. His aim is to develop therapies that alleviate neuromuscular disorders and restore healthy muscle regeneration.

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.