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Study Shows Signs of Hope for Endangered Sea Turtles

Bones from dead turtles washed up on Mexican beaches indicate that Baja California is critical to the survival of endangered North Pacific loggerhead sea turtles, which travel some 7,500 miles from their nesting sites in Japan to their feeding grounds off the coast of Mexico.

Biologists Discover How Viruses Hijack Cell’s Machinery

Biologists at UC San Diego have documented for the first time how very large viruses reprogram the cellular machinery of bacteria during infection to more closely resemble an animal or human cell—a process that allows these alien invaders to trick cells into producing hundreds of new viruses, which eventually explode from and kill the cells they infect.

Bacteria Recruit Other Species with Long-Range Electrical Signals

Biologists at UC San Diego who recently found that bacteria resolve social conflicts within their communities and communicate with one another like neurons in the brain have discovered another human-like trait in these apparently not-so-simple, single-celled creatures.

Candice Sy Wins First Gabriele Wienhausen Biological Sciences Scholarship

The Division of Biological Sciences celebrated Candice Sy as the inaugural winner of the Gabriele Wienhausen Biological Sciences Scholarship at a special event on Nov. 15, 2016. Named in honor of Gabriele Wienhausen, Ph.D., who served as Associate Dean of the Division for nearly eight years, the endowed award recognizes students who share her passion and dedication to the Division and UC San Diego.

Junior Seau Foundation Supports Brain Injury Studies and Education at UC San Diego

Matching funds will bring total support to $1 million for critical research and community outreach efforts

The Junior Seau Foundation has pledged $250,000 to support brain injury research and education at the University of California San Diego. The gift is made in memory of the beloved NFL Football Hall of Famer and longtime San Diego Charger, Junior Seau, who passed away in 2012 and was subsequently diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease associated with repeated blows to the head. The funds will be used to establish the Junior Seau Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), as well as the Junior Seau Lectureship Series to inform the community and K-12 students about the causes and risks associated with traumatic brain injury.


Biologists Watch Speciation in a Laboratory Flask

Biologists have discovered that the evolution of a new species can occur rapidly enough for them to observe the process in a simple laboratory flask.

In a month-long experiment using a virus harmless to humans, biologists working at the University of California San Diego and at Michigan State University documented the evolution of a virus into two incipient species—a process known as speciation that Charles Darwin proposed to explain the branching in the tree of life, where one species splits into two distinct species during evolution.

Hacking a Revolution in Biology

Graduate students in new quantitative biology doctoral program learn to modify microscopes and other instruments to probe frontiers of their emerging discipline

Graduate studies within any single scientific discipline are challenging endeavors on their own. But imagine combining graduate school-level training in physics and mathematics with advanced research in engineering and biology.

Two Biology Graduate Students Awarded ARCS Foundation Fellowships

Two graduate students in the Division of Biological Sciences, Danielle Hagstrom and Ben Rubin, have been awarded fellowships that recognize exceptional students pursuing research in the natural sciences, engineering and medicine from the San Diego chapter of the ARCS Foundation, Inc.

Active Genetics Goes Global

Tata Trusts & University of California San Diego partner to establish Tata Institute for Active Genetics and Society (TIAGS)

UC San Diego has received a $70 million commitment from the India-based philanthropic Tata Trusts to establish the Tata Institute for Active Genetics and Society (TIAGS), a collaborative partnership between the university and research operations in India.

Breaking Ground

UC San Diego celebrates philanthropy at groundbreaking of new Biological and Physical Sciences Building

As UC San Diego commemorated the groundbreaking of its new Biological and Physical Sciences Building this month, the campus also celebrated two gifts that will help shape the future of science, including $2 million in support from the Kavli Foundation and a legacy bequest from the Honorable Lynn A. Schenk.

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