Lauren Keene

Study finds modern dogs are more Asian fusions than Euro pups

Don’t close the book on Fido’s genealogy just yet: A new study led by UC Davis wildlife genetics researchers provides a surprising glimpse into the global heritage of both wild and domestic dogs. Results from the study, which examined the DNA of 642 dogs, suggest that European and American canine breeds were much more influenced […]

December 20, 2011 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Protein helps bacteria ‘talk,’ triggers plants’ defenses

Special to The Enterprise Scientists have discovered a new signal that helps invading bacteria communicate but also helps targeted rice plants coordinate defensive attacks on the disease-causing invaders, a finding that could lead to new methods of combating infection not just in plants, but in humans. Findings from the study, conducted by a team of […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Animals’ disease-fighting strategies mirror foundations of human medicine

When avoiding or dealing with disease, animals and people use strikingly similar strategies, many of which appear to have evolved into the foundational “pillars” of human medicine, reports Benjamin Hart, a pioneer in veterinary aspects of animal behavior at UC Davis. In a review paper to appear in the November issue of the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

FDA to back food safety training at UCD

Special to The Enterprise A $1.3 million grant to develop a new food-safety training program for government and industry has been awarded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The grant is focused on preventing food-borne illnesses, which each year sicken 48 million people in the United […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Grant boosts researchers’ mouse models of diseases

Special to The Enterprise UC Davis and a consortium of U.S. and Canadian health science partners have been awarded $34 million in grants by the National Institutes of Health to support creation of mouse models of such human diseases as cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The new five-year cooperative agreement funds the second phase […]

UCD lands $3.8 million grant for mouse-based research

Special to The Enterprise The National Institutes of Health has awarded $3.8 million to UC Davis to fund a new mouse-based research center devoted to studies of the physiology and genetics of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular health. A major focus for the new mouse metabolic phenotyping center will be cardiovascular disease, which affects more than […]

Researchers challenge tenet of plant ecology

Special to The Enterprise An international team of 58 ecologists, including UC Davis researcher Louie Yang, has found that habitat productivity does not predict the quantity or diversity of plant species, as has been assumed for several decades. The groundbreaking research, published Friday in the journal Science, shows “no clear relationship between productivity and the […]

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Weather, economy squeeze wine grape supply

Special to The Enterprise The sluggish economy and unusually cool weather this season have dramatically tightened the supply of wine grapes, a situation that likely will continue for several years, reports Robert Smiley, dean and professor emeritus at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. Smiley presented findings from two recent surveys of wine industry […]

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UCD joins effort to revive Africa’s native crops

Special to The Enterprise UC Davis will play a role in boosting the health and economies of Africa by genetically sequencing and breeding native crops as part of a consortium announced this week in New York. The recently formed African Orphan Crops consortium will work with African scientists to identify at least two dozen African […]

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Grant will give public 3-D look at Tahoe ecosystems

Members of the public will be able to visually immerse themselves in two of the best-known lakes in the United States, thanks to a $2.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to UC Davis’ Tahoe Environmental Research Center. The three-year grant will be used to develop three-dimensional visualization technology to enhance public understanding and […]

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Researchers eye health effects of ultra-fine particles

Special to The Enterprise Three studies by a UC Davis air-quality research group are adding to the growing body of data suggesting that very fine and ultra-fine airborne metal particles are closely linked to serious human health problems, including heart disease. Air-quality expert Thomas Cahill and colleagues report the findings of the three studies in […]

October 11, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Forests get a tool to buffer climate change

For the first time, researchers at UC Davis have demonstrated that forest trees have the ability to tap into nitrogen found in rocks, boosting the trees’ growth and their ability to pull more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Given that carbon dioxide is the most important climate-change gas, the nitrogen in rocks could significantly affect how rapidly the […]

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New genetically engineered vaccines target Rift Valley fever

Two genetically engineered vaccines for Rift Valley fever, which causes severe illnesses in livestock and people in Africa and the Middle East, have been developed by a team of researchers at UC Davis, University of Connecticut and University of Texas Medical Branch. The scientists hope that the new livestock vaccines can be further developed for […]

Eating too much sugar can up heart disease risk, UCD study finds

Special to The Enterprise Adults who consume high levels of sugar have significantly elevated levels of several risk factors for heart disease, according to a new study by a team of researchers at UC Davis and in Japan. The study results suggest that U.S. dietary guidelines for sugar may be lax and should be reconsidered, […]

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