Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Aggie Hero: HOME, Where Friends Become Family

March 21, 2019
Social activities, de-stressing events and community service are the essential ingredients that have helped make the student group HOME, Where Friends Become Family, an Aggie Hero. Best friends Awais Khan and Chun Kit Ho started the group shortly after transferring to UC Davis in fall 2017.

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.