Content Authored by: Jules Bernstein

Decoded genome of little-known disease offers hope for citrus

UC Riverside scientists are hoping the RNA of an obscure infection can one day be used like a Trojan horse to deliver life-saving treatments to citrus trees.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

UCR joins forces with NASA on missions to Venus

By joining NASA on their newly announced missions, UC Riverside is hoping to learn how Venus went from pleasant, Earth-like planet to blistering wasteland.

$3 million grant aims to prolong life for dialysis patients

The five-year survival rate for people on dialysis is under 50 percent. University of California researchers are hoping to improve that prognosis. When kidneys fail, the body is unable to rid itself of toxins, waste products, and excessive fluids. Dialysis or transplants are the only treatments for the 786,000 people...

Project illuminates where giant exoplanets reside 

Astronomers have long wondered whether the configuration of planets in our solar system is common elsewhere in the universe. New results from the longest-running survey of exoplanets helps answer this question.

Discovery increases likelihood of growing food despite drought 

University of California scientists have discovered genetic data that will help food crops like tomatoes and rice survive longer, more intense periods of drought on our warming planet.

Cicada explosion mystifies insect experts

Doug Yanega, senior scientist at UC Riverside’s Entomology Research Museum, discusses one of nature's unsolved mysteries: the 17-year life cycle of cicadas in the Eastern U.S.

Chemical ‘nose’ sniffs critical differences in DNA structures

Small changes in the structure of DNA have been implicated in breast cancer and other diseases, but they’ve been extremely difficult to detect — until now. Using what they describe as a “chemical nose,” UC Riverside chemists are able to “smell” when bits of DNA are folded in unusual ways.

$1 million project helps tribal nations adapt to climate change

UC Riverside ecologists are leading a $1 million plant protection project that will help Southern California’s tribal nations adapt to climate change.

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UCR ecologist on geoengineering: a new solution to the climate crisis

As many gather for Earth Day 2021, A UC Riverside ecologist urges caution toward solar geoengineering, an increasingly popular solution to the climate crisis.

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Study reveals the workings of nature’s own earthquake blocker

A new UC Riverside study finds a naturally occurring “earthquake gate” that decides which earthquakes are allowed to grow into magnitude 8 or greater.

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$1.9 million award could keep Zika virus at bay

A UC Riverside virologist has won a $1.9 million award to help prevent the re-emergence of Zika virus, which causes microcephaly in newborns and Guillain-Barre syndrome in adults.

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Childhood diet and exercise creates healthier, less anxious adults

Exercise and a healthy diet in childhood leads to adults with bigger brains and lower levels of anxiety, according to new UC Riverside research in mice.

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Discovery is key to creating heat-tolerant crops

By 2050 global warming could reduce crop yields by one-third. UC Riverside researchers have identified a gene that could put the genie back in the bottle.

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Rise of oxygen on Earth: Initial estimates off by 100 million years

New research shows the permanent rise of oxygen in our atmosphere, which set the stage for life as we know it, happened 100 million years later than previously thought. A team including UC Riverside found that oxygen fluctuated dramatically after its early appearance before becoming a permanent constituent of the...

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450-million-year-old sea creatures had a leg up on breathing

A new UC Riverside study has found the first evidence of sophisticated breathing organs in 450-million-year-old sea creatures. Contrary to previous thought, trilobites were leg breathers, with structures resembling gills hanging off their thighs.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

$1.7 million grant to unlock barley’s genetic superpowers

Barley is important for more than beer. A UC Riverside geneticist has won $1.7 million to study how one of the world’s staple foods might survive climate change.

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Mystery of four-stranded DNA begins to unravel

DNA is usually depicted as double-stranded, but not much is known about parts of the genome that adopt four-stranded structures known as quadruplexes. UC Riverside researchers have discovered that they play a key role in keeping cells healthy.

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Research shows we’re surprisingly similar to Earth’s first animals

Today’s humans share genes with 555-million-year-old oceanic creatures missing heads.

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Protein discovery could help enable eco-friendly fungicides

New UC Riverside research reveals an essential step in scientists’ quest to create targeted, more eco-friendly fungicides that protect food crops.

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Parasitic plants conspire to keep hosts alive

The plant that encourages kissing at Christmas is in fact a parasite, and new research reveals mistletoe has an unusual feeding strategy. When two mistletoes invade the same tree, they increase photosynthesis to get the nutrients they need, essentially sharing the tree and causing it less harm.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology