News articles tagged with "biology"

10/16/2014 08:44:46
Kimm Fesenmaier
This summer, several undergraduate students at Caltech had the opportunity to help optimize a promising technique that can make tissues and organs—even entire organisms—transparent for study. As part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, these students worked in the lab of Assistant Professor of Biology Viviana Gradinaru, where researchers are developing such so-called clearing techniques that make it possible to peer straight through normally opaque tissues rather than seeing them only as thinly sectioned slices that have been pieced back together.
01/14/2014 09:05:07
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
"It was a tremendous surprise that the agent that drives metamorphosis is such an elaborate, well-organized injection machine," says coauthor Grant Jensen.
A rendered image of the porcupine-like array of phage tail-like contractile structures in P. luteoviolacea bacteria.
12/12/2013 22:50:24
Kathy Svitil
Alexander Varshavsky was honored for "his discovery of the critical molecular determinants and biological functions of intracellular protein degradation," according to the award citation.
12/05/2013 09:00:08
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
"Traditional research has studied autism as a genetic disorder and a disorder of the brain, but our work shows that gut bacteria may contribute to ASD-like symptoms in ways that were previously unappreciated," says Sarkis Mazmanian.
11/20/2013 09:00:05
Katie Neith
A group of researchers led by Caltech neuroscientist Ralph Adolphs has made the first recordings of the firings of single neurons in the brains of autistic individuals, and has found specific neurons in a region called the amygdala that show reduced processing of the eye region of faces.
10/28/2013 11:40:06
Ann Motrunich

Glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness, affects some 70 million people, including four million Americans. As Americans age, the problem is expected to worsen in the U.S.

10/22/2013 11:27:34
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
New Caltech faculty member Lulu Qian performs research in the field of molecular programming to design synthetic molecular systems with neural-network-like behaviors and tiny robots from the programmed interactions of DNA molecules.
10/10/2013 09:02:25
Jessica Stoller-Conrad

When you're a tiny mouse in the wild, spotting aerial predators—like hawks and owls—is essential to your survival.

10/08/2013 11:39:13
Kimm Fesenmaier

Mitchell Guttman is a new assistant professor of biology on campus. He just arrived last month, having recently completed a fellowship at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

09/23/2013 09:30:41
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
When termites munch on wood, the small bits are delivered to feed a community of unique microbes living in their guts, and in a complex process involving multiple steps, these microbes turn the hard, fibrous material into a nutritious meal for the termite host. One key step uses hydrogen to convert carbon dioxide into organic carbon—a process called acetogenesis—but little is known about which gut bacteria play specific roles in the process.
09/22/2013 17:16:29
Kathy Svitil
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in a move that creates an academic division unlike any other among its peer institutions, has combined the disciplines of biology and biological engineering into a new Division of Biology and Biological Engineering (BBE).
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