Gene linked to human kidney disease is also responsible for mating in roundworms

PASADENA-For a male nematode, the LOV-1 gene couldn't be more aptly named. The millimeter-long roundworm, if its LOV-1 gene is functioning properly, has the eagerness to mate and the instincts to perform successfully.

But if the LOV-1 gene is disabled, the male nematode is truly clueless. The fact that "LOV" is an acronym for "location of vulva" pretty much says it all.

A unique class of neurons in humans and apes that may participate in cognition, volition, and self-awareness discovered by researchers

Clusters of large neurons found exclusively in the brains of humans and other primates closely related to humans may provide these species with enhanced capacities for solving hard problems, as well as for self-control and self-awareness.

Caltech biologists reveal structure of protein responsible for weight loss in cancer and AIDS patients

Caltech biologists have determined the three-dimensional structure of a protein that causes wasting in cancer and AIDS patients. The discovery could lead to new strategies for controlling weight loss in patients with devastating illnesses-and conversely, perhaps new strategies for fighting obesity.

Alice Huang Receives Achievement Award

PASADENA—Alice S. Huang, senior councilor for external relations and faculty associate in biology at the California Institute of Technology, has been awarded the 1999 Achievement Award from the Chinese-American Faculty Association of Southern California for her outstanding contribution to microbiology research and for her dedicated leadership in higher education.

Huang was recognized at the association's 28th annual convention on February 27, at which she presented a keynote address titled "New Challenges for Chinese-American Activism."

Caltech Receives $1.4 Million for L. K. Whittier Gene Expression Center

PASADENA-The California Institute of Technology has received a $1,444,000 grant from the L. K. Whittier Foundation. The award is for support of the L. K. Whittier Gene Expression Center.

Caltech discovers genetic process for controlling plant characteristics

Caltech biologists have harnessed a gene communication network that controls the size and shape of a flowering land plant. The discovery is a fundamental advancement in understanding the processes that make plants what they are. The knowledge could also lead to greater control over certain characteristics of plants such as fruit size and stem durability.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum architect to design Caltech's new Broad Center for Biological Sciences

PASADENA—James Freed, the architect who designed the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, has been chosen to design the new Broad Center for the Biological Sciences on the Caltech campus.

Freed, a senior partner of the firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, was selected from four finalists to design the building, which is the cornerstone of a $100-million initiative to strengthen Caltech's research efforts in the biological sciences.

Professor Seymour Benzer Receives Ellison Medical Senior Foundation Scholar Award

PASADENA-The California Institute of Technology is pleased to announce that Seymour Benzer, the James G. Boswell Professor of Neuroscience, Emeritus, has been named a 1998 Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar as part of the Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholars in Aging Program. The $993,000 award will support Benzer's research over the next four years.

Caltech neuroscience ranked No. 1 in impact

The California Institute of Technology has been recognized as the No. 1 institution in the nation for the impact of its neuroscience research. The results are reported in the September/October issue of Science Watch.

Caltech gets $2 million from HHMI for undergraduate biological sciences

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded $2 million to the California Institute of Technology for support of undergraduate programs in the biological sciences.


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