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    • Shows a mouse brain's hemisphere where mRuby2 projection patterns are labeled by purple and eGFP projection patterns marked by green.

      Distinct Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms Tied to Different Brain Pathways

      A new study led by neurobiologists at the University of California San Diego and their colleagues found that specific, identifiable neural pathways are charged with particular functions during stages of Parkinson's, aiding efforts to improve treatments

    • Shown in red are branched from cells in the substantia nigra brain region that connect to the superior colliculus region

      New Blueprint of Brain Connections Reveals Extensive Reach of Central Regulator

      Map of basal ganglia connectivity uncovers key links with implications for range of disorders

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      Elina Zúñiga Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

      Elina Zúñiga, a professor of molecular biology in UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences, has been honored by her peers by being elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

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      UC San Diego Biological Sciences Moves into Top 10 in Global Rankings

      The University of California San Diego ranked 10th in the world in biological sciences in the 2021 edition of the QS World University Rankings released on March 3, 2021. UC San Diego biological sciences moved up one spot from the previous year’s world rankings.

    • Two baby birds and an egg in a nest

      ‘Island of Rats’ Recovers

      Island birds, seashore ecosystem return to natural balance after invasive rodent removal

      Along the western edge of Alaska’s Aleutian archipelago, a group of islands that were inadvertently populated with rodents came to earn the ignominious label of the “Rat Islands.” The non-native invaders were accidentally introduced to these islands, and others throughout the Aleutian chain, through shipwrecks dating back to the 1700s and World War II occupation.

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      New ‘Split-drive’ System Puts Scientists in the (Gene) Driver Seat

      Researchers develop tunable system that harnesses the spread of cargo carried by gene drives

      Powerful new genetic engineering methods have given scientists the potential to revolutionize several sectors of global urgency.

    • brain map certain regions are represented by red, white, and blue

      Food for Thought: New Maps Reveal How Brains are Kept Nourished

      Micro-scale depictions solve century-old puzzle of brain energy use and blood vessel clusters

      Our brains are non-stop consumers. A labyrinth of blood vessels, stacked end-to-end comparable in length to the distance from San Diego to Berkeley, ensures a continuous flow of oxygen and sugar to keep our brains functioning at peak levels.

    • Adult female Anopheles stephensi mosquito

      Researchers Unveil Detailed Genome of Invasive Malaria Mosquito

      New ‘gold standard’ reference genome reveals thousands of new genes vital for targeting pathogen transmission and immunity

      Despite the broad notoriety of sharks, snakes, scorpions and other formidable creatures, mosquitoes remain the deadliest animal on the planet… by far. Mosquito-transmitted malaria remains the number one worldwide killer among vector-borne diseases, claiming more than 400,000 human lives in 2019.

    • graphic of Stu Brody, Willie Brown, Sonya Neal, and Don Helinski

      BioSci at 60: Mentorship, Then & Now

      A look back, and ahead, at student support.

      As the Division of Biological Sciences celebrates its 60th anniversary, Brown and Neal discuss mentorship as a foundation of strength in their lives and a force to support students through the next 60 years.

    • Don Helinski talking in front of a chalkboard


      Some of Professor Willie Brown’s early teaching mentors were also founding faculty— we talked to Stu Brody, Don Helinski, and Mel Simon about the early days of BioSci

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