Genes discovery could help children with Prader-Willi syndrome

SACRAMENTO — Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute and Agilent Laboratories have found that Prader-Willi syndrome — a genetic disorder best known for causing an insatiable appetite that can lead to morbid obesity — is associated with the loss of non-coding RNAs, resulting in the dysregulation of circadian and metabolic genes, accelerated energy expenditure […]

June 27, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Practice makes perfect

The FBI gathered 22 regional SWAT teams for special training Wednesday at the Northern California Public Safety Training Center in Sacramento. Teams were put through various scenarios, including hostage rescue. The Solano County Sheriff SWAT team successfully rescued Channel 13 reporter Ron Jones during a drill at McClellan Tactical Village. Other teams ran through everything […]

June 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Qigong classes offered this summer

Renee Dryfoos, a practitioner of qigong and a clinical psychologist, is offering a new five-week class, “Qigong as Part of Your Spiritual Practice,” for the Davis community. Utilizing the gentle movements of qigong, and meditations informed by the Taoist tradition, students receive an introduction to a body-based spiritual practice. Classes run Fridays, beginning July 12, […]

July 09, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Breast Cancer Open Door educational meeting planned

Patrick Hall will speak on “Treatment of Early Breast Cancer and Genomics” at the Breast Cancer Open Door educational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, July 8. Hall, genomic science liaison manager at Genomic Health Inc., will discuss the use of genomic information in making treatment decisions in early breast cancer. There will be a time […]

July 07, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged

Supervisors OK purchase of property near landfill

Yolo County supervisors this week approved the acquisition of nearly 300 acres of property adjacent to the Yolo County Central Landfill over the objections of landfill neighbors. The county wants the land — located directly west of the landfill — for a number of future reasons, including to create a buffer between the landfill and […]

June 27, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

CHP report on fatal Sacramento River accident released

A March 13 accident that claimed the life of a West Sacramento woman whose car plunged into the Sacramento River was the result of the vehicle leaving the roadway, California Highway Patrol investigators have ruled. That’s according to an attorney representing the late Musarrat Parveen Chaudhary’s family. On Wednesday, the CHP released a collision report […]

June 27, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged , ,

UCD graduates flock in unprecedented numbers to Teach for America

Members of the UC Davis Class of 2013 have shown an unprecedented level of interest in the Teach for America program. Teach for America is a national corps of graduate students and professionals who commit to teach for two years in public schools, and its purpose is to ensure that children in low-income communities can […]

June 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Joy — and waiting — for same-sex couples hoping to marry

For those who have been waiting years, that day can’t come soon enough.

Oakley’s office was already getting calls Wednesday morning from couples hoping to tie the knot. She’s advising them to call back later.

“Wait and call us back when things are moving again,” she said.

Just hours earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court had cleared the way for same-sex marriages in California …

Take a tour of the Davis wetlands

By Ann Bryce The city of Davis wetlands offers important habitat for avian summer residents. Tree and cliff swallows, marsh wrens, great egrets, killdeer and a variety of gulls are a few of the bird species that utilize the wetlands during this dry season. The wetlands provide the food, water and shelter needed for them […]

June 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Homeless man attacked along Second Street

Davis police are investigating an assault on a homeless man that occurred Tuesday night. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said the victim was sleeping in a tent along Second Street near the railroad tracks when he awoke to a male voice at about 10:45 p.m. The suspect reportedly punched and kicked the victim and demanded his property, […]

June 27, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Comparing genomes of wild and domestic tomatoes

You say tomato, I say comparative transcriptomics. Researchers in the U.S., Europe and Japan have produced the first comparison of both the DNA sequences and which genes are active, or being transcribed, between the domestic tomato and its wild cousins. The results give insight into the genetic changes involved in domestication and may help with […]

June 27, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Drum circle changes locations

The Davis Community Men’s Talk and Drum Circle, will no longer be meeting at FamiliesFirst. Instead, it will now meet at 600 A St., next door to the city offices. The next meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 2. All men, 18 years and older, are welcome to these monthly events, at […]

June 27, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access ends year on high notes

June is the busiest month of the year — at least until September arrives. But really, in the life of Davis Media Access, the nonprofit community media center serving Davis and Yolo County, June has shaped up to knock all other months out of the park. Here’s a look at what’s been happening in the […]

June 27, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Authors share thoughts on new books

The Avid Reader has lined up a series of successful authors to speak to the public about their newest books. Science fiction author Kevin Hearne will discuss his novel — the sixth in his Iron Druid series — “Hunted” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. Local author Michael Spurgeon will […]

June 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,