New Gut Bacterium Discovered in Termite's Digestion of Wood

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.

Caltech Establishes New Division of Biology and Biological Engineering

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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Biosafety & Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Training

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Biosafety & Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Training

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Biosafety & Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Training

Caltech-led WormBase Project Awarded $14.8 Million by NIH

As many as 1 million nematode species are thought to live on Earth, and many are pests or parasites that ravage crops and spread diseases. They also happen to share many genes that are found in humans, and are intensively researched by labs around the world.

Team Led by Caltech Wins Second $10 Million Award for Research in Molecular Programming

During the past century, programmable technologies evolved from spinning gears and vacuum tubes to transistors and microchips. Now, a group of Caltech researchers and their colleagues at the University of Washington, Harvard University, and UC San Francisco are exploring how biologically important molecules—like DNA, RNA, and proteins—could be the next generation of programmable devices.

A New Way to Replace Damaged or Missing Cells

When certain cells in our bodies are missing or nonfunctional, the only current options are to treat the symptoms with drugs or try to acquire transplants. But what if cells in our own bodies could be transformed to take on the missing functions? What if we could convert cells from other organs to function as neurons after a stroke; cardiomyocytes to address heart disease; gland cells to address endocrine diseases, or cartilaginous cells to address joint deterioration?

Friday, September 27, 2013 to Sunday, September 29, 2013

Biology & Biological Engineering Annual Retreat

Caltech to Offer Online Courses through edX

To expand its involvement in online learning, the California Institute of Technology will offer courses through the online education platform edX beginning this October.

The edX course platform is an online learning initiative launched in 2012 by founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Caltech's rigorous online course offerings will join those of 28 other prestigious colleges and universities in the edX platform's "xConsortium."

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