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Ready for Your Close-Up?
09/26/2012

Ready for Your Close-Up?

Katie Neith
Previous studies have examined how our social judgments of pictures of people are influenced by factors such as whether the person is smiling or frowning, but until now one factor has never been investigated: the distance between the photographer and the subject.
Two Caltech Researchers Receive NIH Director's Awards
09/25/2012

Two Caltech Researchers Receive NIH Director's Awards

Katie Neith
Two members of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) faculty have been given National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's Awards. The awards are administered through the NIH's Common Fund, which provides support for research deemed to be both innovative and risky.
Moving Targets
09/20/2012

Moving Targets

Katie Neith
With the help of some tiny worms, researchers at Caltech have gained new insight into the highly complex task of migrating cells.
Modeling the Genes for Development
08/28/2012

Modeling the Genes for Development

Marcus Woo
Caltech biologists have created the first predictive computational model of gene networks that control the development of sea-urchin embryos.
Caltech Researchers Find Evidence of Link between Immune Irregularities and Autism
07/17/2012

Caltech Researchers Find Evidence of Link between Immune Irregularities and Autism

Kimm Fesenmaier

A study suggests that changes in an overactive immune system can contribute to autism-like behaviors in mice, and that in some cases, this activation can be related to what a developing fetus experiences in the womb.

Caltech Receives Gift from Sackler Foundation to Advance Biomedical Science Research
07/12/2012

Caltech Receives Gift from Sackler Foundation to Advance Biomedical Science Research

Michael Rogers

. Now, an endowment established by the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation will strengthen the Caltech-UCLA partnership and advance the Baltimore lab’s interdisciplinary research into areas where mathematics and engineering converge with biology.

Caltech Biologist Stephen Mayo Named Inaugural Bowes Division Chair
07/10/2012

Caltech Biologist Stephen Mayo Named Inaugural Bowes Division Chair

Michael Rogers

Stephen L. Mayo, chair of the Division of Biology and Bren Professor of Biology and Chemistry at Caltech, has been named the William K. Bowes Jr. Foundation Division Chair. The William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, based in San Francisco, endowed the new division leadership chair with a $5 million gift, supplemented by an additional $2.5 million provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Matching Program.

The Physics of Going Viral
06/27/2012

The Physics of Going Viral

Kimm Fesenmaier

Caltech researchers have been able, for the first time, to watch viruses infecting individual bacteria by transferring their DNA, and to measure the rate at which that transfer occurs.

Sarkis Mazmanian Discusses Benevolent Bacteria in Scientific American
05/30/2012

Sarkis Mazmanian Discusses Benevolent Bacteria in Scientific American

Katie Neith

Sarkis Mazmanian explains how the "good" bacteria promote human health.

Decoding Worm Lingo
04/13/2012

Decoding Worm Lingo

Katie Neith

All animals seem to have ways of exchanging information—monkeys vocalize complex messages, ants create scent trails to food, and fireflies light up their bellies to attract mates. Yet, despite the fact that nematodes, or roundworms, are among the most abundant animals on the planet, little is known about the way they network. Now, research led by California Institute of Technology (Caltech) biologists has shown that a wide range of nematodes communicate using a recently discovered class of chemical cues.