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      Biology Professor Authors Book about “The Guidance Groove”

      Professor Carolyn Kurle has developed a new way to help her students—and people in general—to live more authentic lives. She recently published a book, The Guidance Groove: Escape Unproductive Habits, Trust Your Intuition and Be True, to help people integrate their feeling/intuitive selves when navigating life’s ups, downs and challenges. Here’s a deeper look inside the book and Kurle’s experiences that helped motivate its creation.

    • Undergraduate student Matthew Uzelac

      Neurobiology Student Matthew Uzelac Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

      Matthew Uzelac, a UC San Diego senior majoring in Neurobiology and Biochemistry, has been selected to receive a scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

    • specialized cells of the immune system

      Enhancing Immune Defenses: Researchers Unveil the Secrets of Specialized T Cells to Conquer Tumors

      Immunologists uncover new approaches to enhance protection from tumors and infections

      Our immune system has an ingenious trick up its sleeve. It remembers past foes, stopping potential sickness in its tracks through a phenomenon known as immunological memory. This is thanks to specialized cells—tissue-resident memory T cells—which reside in vital organs like the small intestine, lungs and other areas. Consider them as frontline guards, stationed exactly where trouble could strike. The endurance of these cells is extraordinary, protecting us from infections we fought decades ago.

    • DNA interacting with tumor

      Researchers Engineer Bacteria That Can Detect Tumor DNA

      Advanced biosensor leverages gene swapping to identify colon cancer

      Pushing into a new chapter of technologically advanced biological sensors, scientists from the University of California San Diego and their colleagues in Australia have engineered bacteria that can detect the presence of tumor DNA in a live organism.

    • Members of endowed chair

      Neurobiology Professor Gentry Patrick Named to Endowed Chair

      Patrick now holds the Kavli and Dr. William and Marisa Rastetter Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Neurobiology, established to support the research of a neurobiology faculty member who is committed to furthering equity, diversity and inclusion

      Gentry Patrick, a professor of neurobiology and director of the Center for Empathy and Social Justice in Human Health at the University of California San Diego, has been named as the inaugural holder of the Kavli and Dr. William and Marisa Rastetter Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Neurobiology.

    • cells in the salivary gland

      Fly Toolkit Created for Investigating COVID-19 Infection Mechanisms

      ‘Fly-to-bedside’ resource offers a shortcut for developing drug therapies needed for long COVID and future coronavirus outbreaks

      Millions of deaths and ongoing illnesses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted scientists to seek new ways of understanding how viruses so skillfully enter and reprogram human cells.

    • UC San Diego queer professors

      Queer Identity Empowers UC San Diego Scientists to Challenge Norms, Chart New Discoveries

      Whether they're engineers, climate scientists or neurobiologists, researchers at UC San Diego say their LGBTQ+ identity makes them better scientists

      Scientists, at their core, are questioners. They look beyond accepted norms, to what could be. For the five UC San Diego scientists in this feature, queer identity is a major factor in why they push against assumptions and dogma.

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      New Insight into How Plant Cells Divide

      New findings could help researchers engineer plants that are more adaptable to changing environments

      Every time a stem cell divides, one daughter cell remains a stem cell while the other takes off on its own developmental journey. But both daughter cells require specific and different cellular materials to fulfill their destinies.

    • up-close mosquito

      New Genetic Technology Developed to Halt Malaria-Spreading Mosquitoes

      As envisioned, first-of-its-kind African mosquito suppression system would reduce child mortality and aid economic development

      Malaria remains one of the world’s deadliest diseases. Each year malaria infections result in hundreds of thousands of deaths, with the majority of fatalities occurring in children under five.

    • Honey bee pollinating flower

      Plants Pollinated by Honey Bees Produce Lower-quality Offspring

      Dominant in the San Diego region, foreign honey bees visit nearly twice as many flowers as native bees

      As key pollinators, bees play a foundational role in the region's floral diversity. But not all bees have the same influence on the plants they pollinate, new research from University of California San Diego scientists has revealed

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