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Ancestor of all animals identified in Australian fossils

A wormlike creature that lived more than 555 million years ago is the earliest bilaterian

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

How associative fear memory is formed in the brain

UC Riverside mouse study provides insights into how pathological fear memory in PTSD could be suppressed

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Biochemist spins out joint venture company with Atomwise

Over the past few years, biochemist John Jefferson Perry at the University of California, Riverside, has collaborated on a number of projects with Atomwise Inc., a company that uses artificial intelligence, or AI, for drug discovery. Now Perry and the company have formed a joint venture called Theia Biosciences. Perry’s...

Some domesticated plants ignore beneficial soil microbes

Domestication yielded bigger crops often at the expense of plant microbiomes

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

How a virus forms its symmetric shells

UC Riverside-led study could inform the design of engineered nano-shells used in drug delivery

Quantum leap for quantum computing

UC Riverside will lead collaborative effort at developing scalable quantum computers

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Flower faithful native bee makes a reliable pollinator

Just like us, the humble sweat bee has a daily routine

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Sugar-poor diets wreak havoc on bumblebee queens’ health

UC Riverside study shows that without adequate sugar, a bumblebee queen’s fat body, which functions like a human liver, does not correctly produce enzymes required for healthy metabolism and detoxification from pesticides.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Early intervention following traumatic brain injury reduces epilepsy risk

UC Riverside-led rat study finds an immune receptor in the hippocampus is responsible for the onset of the disease after brain injuries

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology, Health

Ancient meteorite site on Earth could reveal new clues about Mars’ past

UC Riverside scientists have devised new analytical tools to break down the enigmatic history of Mars’ atmosphere — and whether life was once possible there.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

New research shows how the malaria parasite grows and multiplies

Study co-led by UC Riverside scientist could help develop strategies to combat the disease

By UCR News | | Science / Technology, Health

New commuter concern: cancerous chemical in car seats

A new UC Riverside study concludes the longer your commute, the more you're exposed to a chemical flame retardant that is a known carcinogen, phased out of furniture use because it required a Proposition 65 warning label in California.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Astronomers discover unusual monster galaxy in the very early universe

XMM-2599 lived fast and died young, says UC Riverside-led international team

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Agricultural area residents in danger of inhaling toxic aerosols

Excess selenium from fertilizers and other natural sources can create air pollution that could lead to lung cancer, asthma, and Type 2 diabetes, according to new UC Riverside research.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Detection of very high frequency magnetic resonance could revolutionize electronics

UC Riverside-led research has applications in ultrafast and spin-based nanoscale devices

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Doubling down on cancer-causing genes

NIH grant of $2.2 million could help researchers target two oncogenes, potentially leading to therapies for melanoma, lung cancer, and other tumors

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Health

America’s most widely consumed oil causes genetic changes in the brain

New UC Riverside research shows soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also affect neurological conditions like autism, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, and depression.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Research identifies possible on/off switch for plant growth

New research from UC Riverside identifies a protein that controls plant growth — good news for an era in which crops can get crushed by climate change.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Two projects receive NIH grant for breast cancer research

UC Riverside research is supported by a four-year grant worth more than $1.2 million

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology, Health