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Genetics Breakthrough in Sea Urchins to Aid in Biomedical Research

June 6, 2022

Marine biologists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have created a line of sea urchins whose genetic makeup is fully mapped and can be edited to study human disease genes. The creation of these new research model organisms will accelerate the pace of marine biomedical research.

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New High

June 3, 2022

Carbon dioxide measured at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory peaked in May 2022 at an average of more than 420 parts per million, pushing the atmosphere further into territory not seen for millions of years, scientists from NOAA and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego said.

Breakthrough Using DNA-Based Diagnostic of Ocean Life

May 5, 2022

Scientists used tools of genetics research akin to those used in genealogical research to evaluate the diversity of marine life off the California coast

Study Reconsiders Early Evolution of Sea Urchins

March 22, 2022

A study led by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego provides new insight on the origins and early evolution of echinoids, a group of marine animals that includes modern sea urchins, sand dollars, and their relatives.

Climate Change Identified as Contributor to Oroville Dam Spillway Incident

March 3, 2022

Researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and colleagues say in a new study that they have identified the fingerprint of climate change in the events that triggered damage to a Northern California dam in 2017 that led to the evacuation of 188,000 people.

Adrianus Kalmijn: 1933-2021

December 16, 2021

Adrianus J. Kalmijn, a biologist and physicist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego who pioneered the study of electromagnetics in shark sensory functions, died Dec. 7, 2021, at the age of 88.

First Link between Stillbirths, Birth Complications and Excessive Heat in Lower-income Countries

October 7, 2021

UC San Diego scientists and colleagues have found links between extreme heat and a heightened incidence of stillbirths and preterm births in relatively poor countries. Their study is believed to be the first to link the two phenomena in a global context.

Search for the World’s Oldest Ice to be Initiated

September 10, 2021

Researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will join colleagues from around the country in an effort to discover Antarctica’s oldest ice and through it, learn more about how the earth’s climate has changed throughout its history.

It’s Not Just SARS-CoV-2: Most Respiratory Viruses Spread by Aerosols

September 8, 2021

SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, influenza, measles, and the rhinoviruses that cause the common cold can all spread via aerosols that can build up in indoor air and linger for hours, an international, interdisciplinary team of researchers has reported in a review published in the journal Science.

The History of Insects Living on the Open Ocean Tracks with the History of the Currents They Ride

September 8, 2021

UC San Diego researchers and colleagues examined the genetics of three ocean skater species across the eastern Pacific Ocean. The results of the study reveal that the skaters became specialized on different current systems, as those currents changed into their modern configurations.
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