What's the secret to a happy marriage? Communication? Openness? A willingness to have and to hold your partner's hand even when they're purchasing that tub of Red Vines from Costco again?According to a new study released today, scientists at UC Berkeley and Northwestern University posit that the key ... More >>
Researchers may have discovered the initial steps to helping cocaine abusers overcome their addiction. A study conducted by scientists at UCSF and the National Institute of Health found that activating neurons in the brainʼs prefrontal cortex eliminated cocaine addition in lab rats. The paper, pu ... More >>
Illustration by Doug FraserA study of retired professional football players has found that they are more likely than nonathletes to suffer symptoms of cognitive impairment, such as memory and speech problems, a conclusion that that is sure to buttress the arguments of those who point to the risk ... More >>
A study involving drunken, mutant mice and a DNA sequence researchers cleverly nicknamed "lightweight" may lead to a greater understanding of human alcoholism. According to a paper penned by U.C. San Francisco researchers appearing in the current edition of PLoS Genetics, the "lightweight" mutant ... More >>
Cassius V. Stevani / Chemistry Institute, University of Sao PauloThe luminous Mycena luxaeterna (eternal light) owes its name to lyrics from Mozart's requiemProfessor Dennis Desjardin is a well-named man. The San Francisco State mushroom specialist's handle, translated from French, literally mean ... More >>
Another genetic mutation...Milli Vanilli finally has the excuse they've been waiting for: It's not that they can't sing -- they just don't have musical talent in their blood. In the latest edition of the American Journal of Human Genetics, U.C San Francisco researchers say they've discovered a regio ... More >>
A local author turns his body into a testing ground. Results vary.
The Virgin megastore died? Drag. The plaintive statements from city officials when the Virgin megastore announced it was closing shop seemed slightly un-San Francisco. Isn't this the city that hates big box stores with such a vengeance that they're blocked from taking root by anti-corporate ... More >>
"Back off, I'm a scientist." Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center have discovered a region of the human genome that determines how the body reacts to jug wine, according to findings announced in the Dec. 8 online edition of the Proceedin ... More >>
The question of whether to begin saving creatures and habitats from climate change
What makes canines go crazy? The answer is in their genes.
Arts gadfly Jonathon Keats tries to map the one true Lord on the genetic tree of life via fruit flies, prayer, and KGO radio
By Lessley Anderson
Plans for a biodefense "hot lab" at Lawrence Livermore have ecologists, disarmament advocates, and mainstream scientists up in arms
Jellyfish DNA in a rabbit? It's science; it's art; it's "Gene(sis)" at the Berkeley Art Museum.
In S.F.'s political fight game, all the contestants are ignoring a national biotech debate that could put the local economy down for the count
An explosion of federal funding has Bay Area researchers at the forefront of America's counter-terrorism program. Will the money make us safer - or just make science a military secret?
Environmental groups sent out a worldwide call to save the gray whale from a Mexican salt plant. They got millions of dollars and thousands of new members. But scientists found no threat to the whales.
In Berkeley, researchers have found a way to identify deadly spores, which could lead to simple, smoke detector-like devices. So why isn't anyone interested?
A San Francisco firm thinks it's time people started copyrighting their DNA
God and Science; Potshot or Put-on? You Decide.; Dancing Around the Issue
A provocative theory called "intelligent design" claims evolution is hogwash. But it's not the usual religious zealots leading the latest attack on Darwin. It's scientists and professors at Cal.
A lawsuit over a proposed Hayward country club promises to be more than just another environmentalists-vs.-developers fight
How a rare group of spotted patients and a small cadre of persistent doctors could help change the face of cancer research
Disney's Computer-Animated Feature Dinosaur
After billionaire pedophile Larry Hillblom died, illegitimate children began stepping forward to demand part of his estate. It took cutting-edge genetic sleuths to prove that they were, indeed, to the mogul born.
The so-called gene chip could revolutionize the way we treat cancer patients. That is, if biotech firms don't keep it out of doctors' hands.
Buying Dolly the duplicated sheep has brought researchers at the Bay Area's Geron Corp. to the threshold of remarkable frontiers in transplants and cloning. Do we want to follow their lead?
UCSF's Stanley Prusiner is a Nobel laureate and superstar of medical research. But employees don't feel safe working for him.
Trading with the enemy helps a Berkeley geneticist divine the secrets of the fruit fly
A scientist discovers what makes the insects so agile -- and why NASA should care
A scientist wonders what the inscrutable snake has to teach us