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Scientists Sequence Genome of Snail That Spreads Parasitic Worm

A team of international scientists has characterized the genome of a freshwater snail that is instrumental in transmitting a parasitic worm to humans. The achievement could help researchers disrupt the life cycle of B. glabrata with the goal of eliminating schistosomiasis, an infectious disease known as snail fever. More>

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Bioscientists Recognized by International Society for Biocuration

Chris Mungall, a computer research scientist in the Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division (EGSB), has been awarded the society’s 2017 Exceptional Contributions to Biocuration Award. Bioinformatics scientist Monica Munoz-Torres, also with EGSB, was recently selected society chair following the 2016-2017 executive committee elections in November. More>

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New Model Shows Promise for Personalized, Precision Blood Transfusions

Amor Menezes and Adam Arkin of the Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division helped develop a simple, fast trauma coagulation model using control theory, published this week in Science Translational Medicine, which can personalize the treatment of severely injured patients with a bleeding disorder using only laboratory measurements that take a few minutes. More>

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Potential Targeted Therapy Found Against Triple-Negative Breast Tumors

Paul Yaswen (Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division) was part of a team of Berkeley Lab, UCSF, and Buck Institute researchers who co-authored a study that showed the potential of PIM1 kinase inhibition for treatment of patients with triple-negative breast cancer, a subtype that currently has few treatment options. More>

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Glass Named Division Director for Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology

Beginning this July, N. Louise Glass will assume the role of Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division Director in the Biosciences Area. An international leader in fungal genetics, Glass will retain her position as professor of plant and microbial biology at UC Berkeley. More>

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