genetics

Popular Painkiller Ibuprofen Affects Liver Enzymes in Mice

March 11, 2020
The popular painkiller ibuprofen may have more significant effects on the liver than previously thought, according to new research from the University of California, Davis. The study in laboratory mice also shows marked differences between males and females.

Taking a Bite Out of Research: BMCDB Ph.D. Student Natalie Sahabandu Reflects on Her Journey as an Aggie

January 27, 2020
Natalie Sahabandu is a Ph.D student in the BMCDB Graduate Group. As an undergraduate at UC Davis, she picked up science skills through the Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program. Her interest in science and biology is all due to her mother, who carted the young Sahabandu to various science exhibitions at local universities in Sri Lanka.

Can Scents Create New Species? Smells Like Orchid Bee Evolution

January 13, 2020
To attract a mate, male orchid bees collect scents from the environment to create the perfect aroma. In a study appearing in Nature Communications, UC Davis researchers link the evolution of sexual signaling in orchid bees to a gene that’s been shaped by each species’ perfume preferences

Bios Magazine: Strengthening the Science Muscles

November 04, 2019
Biological sciences senior Diana Quintero likes to use the gym as an analogy for the Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program (BUSP). Initially, new fitness enthusiasts might feel like they don’t measure up to their peers. But with training and persistence, they can acclimate to the rigors of hard work.

Hobbyist DNA Services May Be Open to Genetic Hacking

October 22, 2019
Professor Graham Coop and postdoctoral researcher Michael “Doc” Edge, both of the Department of Evolution and Ecology, warn that these “direct to consumer” DNA testing services could be vulnerable to a sort of genetic hacking.

Cloning Food Crops for Higher Yields: Venkatesan Sundaresan Wins Faculty Research Award

October 11, 2019
In December 2018, Distinguished Professor Venkatesan Sundaresan and his colleagues published in Nature a method that allowed them to produce clonal seeds directly from plants, bypassing the sexual reproduction process. Replicating this process in the lab could prove vital to providing the world’s farmers with high-yielding, disease-resistant or climate-resistant food crops.

Helping Students Shine: Julin Maloof Receives Faculty Teaching Award

October 11, 2019
For nearly two decades, Professor Julin Maloof has shined a light on biological knowledge for UC Davis students, introducing computational methods to the life sciences curriculum. For his dedication to his students, Maloof received the 2018-2019 Faculty Teaching Award.

Grains in the Rain: Study Opens the Door to Flood-Resistant Crops

September 19, 2019
Of the major food crops, only rice is currently able to survive flooding. Thanks to new research, that could soon change -- good news for a world in which rains are increasing in both frequency and intensity.

VIDEO: Building Mini-Organs to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

September 10, 2019
Assistant Professor Chang-il Hwang, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, studies pancreatic cancer, one of deadliest cancers. Learn more about how Hwang and his lab colleagues are fighting pancreatic cancer with the help of organoids.