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Patient-Specific DNA Sequencing Finally Paying Off

Patient-Specific DNA Sequencing Finally Paying Off

Here Dr. Starr talks about three patients who have dramatically improved lives because scientists sequenced their DNA and correctly interpreted the results. The dream of helping individual patients using data from the human genome project is finally being realized.

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Sea Lions, Herring, and Climate Change

Sea Lions, Herring, and Climate Change

I thought I’d check in on the sea lions at Pier 39. Just a few years ago, there were about 1600 of them. Then in 2009, most of them swam away.

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Color Evolution in Nudibranchs

Color Evolution in Nudibranchs

Dr. Rebecca Johnson, postdoctoral researcher from the California Academy of Sciences, tells why nudibranchs evolved to have such beautiful and brilliant color patterns to aid in their defense.

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Summer Solstice, Shifting Spring

Summer Solstice, Shifting Spring

Tomorrow is our summer solstice—the longest day of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere.

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The Cloud in the Silver Lining

The Cloud in the Silver Lining

There are no free lunches in genetics. Having a certain version of a gene may protect you from one thing, but make you susceptible to another.

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The Search for Alcoholism's Miracle Drug

The Search for Alcoholism's Miracle Drug

At one hospital in San Francisco, more than half of the patients in an alcohol abuse program refuse medications that could help them stop drinking. So Bay Area scientists find themselves waging two campaigns: to develop drugs that work, and to convince alcoholics to take them.

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The Curious and Infamous Camel Spider

The Curious and Infamous Camel Spider

Although not a spider, the camel spiders – also known as the wind scorpion or sun spider – has taken its place amongst many tall tales and urban legends.

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After Earth Day, Celebrate the Other 71% with World Oceans Day

After Earth Day, Celebrate the Other 71% with World Oceans Day

It's time to celebrate our ocean with World Oceans Day.

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Dominant isn't Always Common

Dominant isn't Always Common

A common genetic misconception is that dominant means common. Here Dr. Starr explains why dominant and recessive doesn't matter for how common a trait is.

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Producer's Notes – Science on the SPOT: Lupe the Mammoth Comes to Life

Producer's Notes – Science on the SPOT: Lupe the Mammoth Comes to Life

UC Museum of Paleontology graduate student Kaitlin Maguire describes her behind-the-scenes experiences working to bring a mammoth exhibit to life at the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose.

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Science on the SPOT: Lupe the Mammoth Comes to Life

Science on the SPOT: Lupe the Mammoth Comes to Life

In 2005, a partial skeleton of a juvenile mammoth was discovered along the Guadalupe River near downtown San Jose. A full-scale replica is now featured in a new exhibit at the Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose. Learn more with Kaitlin Maguire from the UC Museum of Paleontology about these majestic creatures that roamed the Bay Area during the Ice Age.

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Report from the Philippines

Report from the Philippines

Here in the field, time passes slowly but the need to explore, explain and protect natural systems like Philippine coral reef systems is urgent.

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Producer's Notes: Angst in the Redwoods

Producer's Notes: Angst in the Redwoods

Even circus workers have safety nets. The folks who climb giant redwoods don’t.

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Uncovering Risk One Gene at a Time

Uncovering Risk One Gene at a Time

Genetic tests for complex diseases just tell you part of your genetic risk and nothing about your environmental risks.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Ring Mountain

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Ring Mountain

The body of rock underlying the central Tiburon Peninsula is the rarest and most scientifically precious part of the Franciscan Complex, an assemblage of materials that was once involved in subduction.

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The Science & Art of Cheese

The Science & Art of Cheese

Cheese. It comes in more than 2,000 varieties — hard, soft, fresh and aged – and it's been with us for thousands of years. Take a journey to Cowgirl Creamery in West Marin to learn how artisan cheese is made and how scientists are putting cheese under the microscope to gain new insights about this incredible, edible food.

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ABC: Adventure, Biology and Conservation

ABC: Adventure, Biology and Conservation

What makes us care about wildlife so much that we dedicate years of study, a hundred hours a week of time for little pay or even recognition?

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Web Extra: The Terroir of Cheese

Web Extra: The Terroir of Cheese

Watch this QUEST web extra to learn how "terroir" – or the characteristics of a specific region such as its climate, soil and topography – indelibly influences the production of award-winning, artisan cheese.

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Producer's Notes: The Science & Art of Cheese

Producer's Notes: The Science & Art of Cheese

Today, it’s hard to pin down exactly how many different cheeses exist in the world. As Professor Bart Weimer of UC Davis said in “The Science of Cheese” story, “cheese is evolving.”

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The Cal Academy's 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition

The Cal Academy's 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition

On April 26th, Academy researchers and educators started the trek to the Philippines to get the Philippine Biodiversity Expedition underway, the largest expedition in the Academy’s history.

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