A Gene for New Species is Identified Monday, December 21, 2015 A University of Utah-led study identified a long-sought “hybrid inviability gene” responsible for dead or infertile offspring when two species of fruit flies mate with each other. Genome Sequencing May Save California's Legendary Sugar Pine Thursday, December 17, 2015 The genome of California’s legendary sugar pine, which naturalist John Muir declared to be “king of the conifers” more than a century ago, has been sequenced by a research team led by UC Davis scientists.“Kill Switches” Shut Down Engineered Bacteria Monday, December 14, 2015 Synthetic biology technique could make it safer to put engineered microbes to work outside of the lab.First Map of the Wheat Epigenome Friday, December 11, 2015 Scientists at the University of Liverpool have carried out the first ever genome-wide survey of heritable molecular changes that regulate gene activity in wheat, in what could become a new tool to improve crop breeding technologies.UC Davis Cracks the Walnut Genome Friday, December 11, 2015 Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have for the first time sequenced the genome of a commercial walnut variety. Innovation Boosts Study of Fragile Biological Samples Thursday, December 10, 2015 Researchers have found a simple new way to study very delicate biological samples – like proteins at work in photosynthesis and components of protein-making machines called ribosomes – at the atomic scale using SLAC's X-ray laser.TGAC Appoints New Director Wednesday, December 09, 2015 The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Neil Hall as its new Director. Modified Mosquitoes Could Help Fight Against Malaria Tuesday, December 08, 2015 The results are published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.Fungus Reprograms Wine Grape Metabolism Friday, December 04, 2015 For hundreds of years, the fungus Botrytis cinerea has been key to making the world's finest dessert wines. Now UC Davis researchers working with Dolce Winery in the Napa Valley show how the fungus changes plant metabolism to produce new flavors and aromas in white-skinned grapes.