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2013-03-26 11:10:15

New mathematical tool developed by a Scripps scientist can help avoid misleading conclusions for species management In the early 1940s, California fishermen hauled in a historic bounty of sardine at a time that set the backdrop for John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row" novel. But by the end of the decade the nets came up empty and the fishery collapsed. Where did they all go? According to a new study led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the forces behind the...

2013-03-26 11:03:41

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center have identified a humanized monoclonal antibody that targets and directly kills chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells. The findings, published in the online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on March 25, 2013 represent a potential new therapy for treating at least some patients with CLL, the most common type of blood cancer in the United States. CLL cells express high levels...

2013-03-07 23:01:32

Angel Flight West attracts aviation enthusiasts to San Diego Air and Space Museum event where AFW volunteer pilot and University of California San Diego professor of astrophysics, Brian G. Keating, PhD, describes and depicts first moments after Big Bang gleaned from South Pole microwave telescopes. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 07, 2013 Angel Flight West (AFW)–a volunteer-pilot, nonprofit organization that arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious...

Biologists Produce Rainbow-Colored Algae
2013-03-07 15:51:10

University of California, San Diego What can green algae do for science if they weren´t, well, green? That´s the question biologists at UC San Diego sought to answer when they engineered a green alga used commonly in laboratories, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, into a rainbow of different colors by producing six different colored fluorescent proteins in the algae cells. While fluorescent green, red, blue and yellow may be all the rage this year for running shoes and other kinds...

California Precipitation Impacted By Saharan Dust
2013-03-02 06:16:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have demonstrated for the first time that dust and other aerosols from one part of the world can influence rainfall in regions thousands of miles away. The study is part of the CalWater field campaign — an initiative funded by the California Energy Commission and designed to help states in the...

Working Alone Won't Help You Achieve Good Grades
2013-02-01 10:24:27

UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering Students who work together and interact online are more likely to be successful in their college classes, according to a study published Jan. 30 in the journal Nature Scientific Reports and co-authored by Manuel Cebrian, a computer scientist at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego. Cebrian and colleagues analyzed 80,000 interactions between 290 students in a collaborative learning environment for college courses....

To Test 'Histone Code' Researchers Exploit Gene Position
2013-01-03 13:25:12

University of California - San Diego In a novel use of gene knockout technology, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine tested the same gene inserted into 90 different locations in a yeast chromosome — and discovered that while the inserted gene never altered its surrounding chromatin landscape, differences in that immediate landscape measurably affected gene activity. The findings, published online in the Jan. 3 issue of Cell Reports,...

Autism And Other Disorders May Be Caused By Genetic Hotspot Mutations
2012-12-21 06:47:01

[ Watch the Video: Mutation Hotspots in Autism Genes ] Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A group of international researchers led by a team of investigators from the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), recently revealed a new study that provides signals as to the causes of autism and other related disorders. With the findings, it is possible that there are elevated mutation rates in specific parts of the genome that adds to...

Monitoring Pollution With Your Smart Phone
2012-12-19 06:02:23

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) recently revealed that they were able to develop a group of small, portable sensors that would give users the ability to monitor air pollution and air quality in real time on their smart phone. With these findings, the researchers state that the sensors could help people who have chronic conditions affected by exposure to pollutants. To begin, the sensors, known as...