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Latest Research News

March 15, 2019

With single gene insertion, blind mice regain sight

University of California, Berkeley, scientists inserted a gene for a green-light receptor into the eyes of blind mice and, a month later, they were navigating around obstacles as easily as mice with no vision problems. The researchers say that, within as little as three years, the gene therapy — delivered via an inactivated virus — could be tried in humans who’ve lost sight because of retinal degeneration, ideally giving them enough vision to move around and potentially restoring their ability to read or watch video.
March 14, 2019

What ancient poop reveals about the rise and fall of civilizations

The pre-Columbian city of Cahokia was once among the most populous and bustling settlements north of Mexico. But by 1400 A.D., Cahokia’s population had dwindled to virtually nothing. While theories abound about what happened to the indigenous people of Cahokia, AJ White, a Ph.D. student in anthropology at UC Berkeley, has studied ancient poop samples to connect the city’s 13th century population plunge – at least in part – to climate change.

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March 19, 2019

Berkeley scientists have made a major breakthrough in the quest to cure blindness, restoring sight in mice with a relatively simple gene therapy treatment. With just one injection of a gene for a green-light receptor, the mice were…

March 18, 2019
Using a new and relatively simple gene-therapy treatment, Berkeley scientists have restored enough sight in previously blind mice that within a month they were navigating their environment with the same ease as sighted mice. The treatment…
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March 15, 2019
Architecture professor Ronald Rael and his wife and business partner Virginia San Fratello, also an architect, are on the forefront of using 3-D printing to create sustainable and artful buildings using waste materials like mud, nutshells,…
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