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Through War and Peace, These Doves Rock

October 8th, 2021|

By Daniel Erenstein, Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior ‘21   “The diversity of the breeds is something astonishing,” Charles Darwin wrote in “On the Origin of Species.” He was not referring to his famous Galápagos finches. [...]

Lazarus Dies, Lazarus Lives Again

October 1st, 2021|

By Jesse Kireyev, History ‘21 Each of these photos captures a landscape in slow degradation. Berryessa, for all the wintergreen beauty that it holds, has experienced horrifying fires numerous times over the past few years. [...]

COVID-19 Cover Art Gallery

September 24th, 2021|

This year, for the first time, The Aggie Transcript accepted submissions for our journal's cover from the wider undergraduate community at UC Davis. To celebrate the release of our fifth annual print edition, we present [...]

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A Warmer World Leading to a Health Decline

May 23rd, 2023|

By Abigail Lin, Biological Sciences. INTRODUCTION Rising temperatures due to global climate change cause several detrimental impacts on the world around us. This paper will analyze the consequences of climate change, specifically temperature changes, within [...]

Sex on a spectrum: biological perspectives of intersexuality and transexuality

April 25th, 2023|

By Vishwanath Prathikanti, Anthropology '23 Author’s note: This past quarter I took ANT158, Evolution of Sex: A Biological Perspective. I had falsely believed prior that most of our understanding of sex and sexuality was from [...]

Precise Genome Editing by a Single Stranded Break

January 22nd, 2023|

By Saloni Dhopte, Genetics and Genomics, '23 Author’s note: Do you think CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing is amazing? Well, let me tell you about another technique that has been proven to be more accurate and efficient than [...]

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Campus Reports

How Poop is Fighting COVID-19

November 5th, 2021|

By Laura Gardner, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ‘22 Author’s Note: With so much information in the media and online about COVID-19, I find many people get lost in, and fall victim to, false information. I [...]

A Dive into a Key Player of Learning and Memory: An Interview with Dr. Karen Zito

December 25th, 2020|

Image by MethoxyRoxy - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5 By: Neha Madugala, Neurology, Physiology, and Behavior, ‘21 Author’s Note: After writing a paper for the Aggie Transcript on the basics of dendritic spines, I wanted [...]

Cryogenic Electron Microscopy: A Leap Forward for UC Davis

May 22nd, 2020|

Photo originally published in Structural Studies of the Giant Mimivirus. PLoS Biol 7(4): e1000092. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000092. License: CC BY 2.5. By Nathan Levinzon, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior ‘23 Author's Note: The purpose of this article is to inform the [...]

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Preliminary evidence for differential habitat selection between bird species of contrasting thermal-tolerance levels

June 3rd, 2023|

By Phillips. Author’s note: Since coming to college, I have wanted to conduct research on the environmental impacts of agriculture and contribute to efforts to make farming work for both people and nature. In pursuit [...]

Interview: John Davis

June 2nd, 2023|

By Isabella Krzesniak. INTRODUCTION John Davis is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in the Integrative Genetics and Genomics graduate group at UC Davis. He works in the Maloof Lab and uses bioinformatics to analyze genetic [...]

Canine Cloning: History and Recent Trends

May 31st, 2023|

By Sara Su, Animal Science and English '24 INTRODUCTION In 1996, Dolly the sheep was the first mammal to be successfully cloned [1, 2]. Since then, 22 other animal species have been cloned, including rats, [...]

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Health and Medicine

The Use of Remotely Sensed Data in Modeling Cholera Amidst Climate Change

March 10th, 2023|

By Shaina Eagle, Global Disease Biology, ‘24 Introduction  Over 300,000 people reported having cholera in 2020 [12]. This infectious disease is spread by water or seafood contaminated by the Vibrio cholerae bacteria. V. cholerae can [...]

Breast Cancer Screenings for Transgender Individuals

March 5th, 2023|

By Anisha Narsam, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, '23 Author’s note: I hope to raise awareness about the barriers that transgender individuals face in order to obtain mammograms, and possible methods for increasing breast cancer screenings [...]

Current and Potential Therapeutic Options for ALS Individuals

March 4th, 2022|

By Anna Truong, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, '22 Author’s Note: I wrote this piece of work for an assignment through my UWP 104F course, and felt very connected with it. I decided my topic to [...]

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Floating Photovoltaics (FPVs): Impacts on Algal Growth in Reservoir Systems

May 19th, 2023|

By Benjamin Narwold, Environmental Science and Management major '23 Author’s Note: I wrote this review paper to learn more about the environmental impacts of floating photovoltaics (FPVs) because this topic directly applies to my work [...]

First steps in the development of small-scale 3D printed hydrogel bioreactors for protein production in space travel

October 15th, 2021|

By Maya Mysore, Laura Ballou, Anna Rita Moukarzel, Alex Cherry, David Duronslet, Lisette Werba, Nathan Tran, Hannah Mosheim, Stephen Curry, Simon Coelho Advisors: Kantharakorn Macharoen, Matthew McNulty, Andrew Yao, and Dr. McDonald, Dr. Nandi, and [...]

Fold@Home: Aid in COVID-19 Research from Home

November 7th, 2020|

Image via Folding@Home By Nathan Levinzon, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior ‘23 Author's Note: The purpose of this article is to introduce and inform the UC Davis scientific community of Folding@Home; a distributed computing project that allows [...]

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Book Reviews

It’s in the Blood- Or Rather, the Genes: A Review of The Gene: An Intimate History

January 8th, 2019|

By Gita Mallya, Plant Biology, ‘19   Author’s note: I wrote this piece for my UWP 104E class with Brenda Rinard during Fall Quarter 2017. The assignment was to read a classic book based in [...]

Understanding the Tumultuous Trajectory of a Concept in The Gene

March 14th, 2018|

By Daniel Erenstein, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, ‘19 Author’s Note: In my Writing in Science (UWP 104E) course, Dr. Brenda Rinard assigned us a review of a classic book in science. My interests in social [...]

To Infinity and Beyond: A Review of “The Life of Pi, and Other Infinities” by Natalie Angier

February 10th, 2017|

By Lo Tuan, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and Managerial Economics, ’17 Author’s Note: I wrote this review as an assignment for a UWP course that investigates the role of science in society using different lenses [...]

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Literature Reviews

A War of Multiple Fronts: How to Fight Duchenne

November 29th, 2022|

By Alex Neupauer, Genetics and Genomics, '23 Author’s Note: As a Genetics and Genomics major and a person with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), I was compelled to write a review on how to alleviate the [...]

The Gut Microbiome and Obesity

November 28th, 2022|

By Lazer Introlegator, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, '23 Author’s Note: Ever since I learned about the existence of the microbiome, I have been fascinated. When Dr. Brenda Rinard assigned my UWP102B class (Writing in the [...]

The Effects of Ozone on Plant-Pollinator Interactions

November 15th, 2022|

By Hanna Francis, Biological Sciences '22 Author's Note: I grew interested in plants through botany and plant biochemistry courses at UC Davis and learned about insects while volunteering at the Bohart Museum of Entomology on campus. [...]

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Science and Society

Vocal Communication in the Domestic Dog

July 22nd, 2022|

By Sarah Su, Animal Science, '24   Abstract Companion animal species have multiple forms of communication, including tactile, visual, olfactory, and auditory signals. This paper will focus on vocal communication in canines, comparing the behaviors [...]

The Heart of the Matter

July 2nd, 2022|

By La Rissa Vasquez, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior ‘23 and Shaina Eagle, Global Disease Biology ‘24   In 1818, Mary Shelly published what is now regarded as the pioneer of the science fiction genre, the [...]

What do scaling laws tell us about the biochemistry of life beyond Earth?

June 24th, 2022|

By Tammie Tam, Molecular and Medical Microbiology ‘22   Humanity has always been intrigued with the possibility of life existing elsewhere in the universe. In 1977, NASA attached the Golden Record, a detailed account [...]

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Undergraduate Research

Floating Photovoltaics (FPVs): Impacts on Algal Growth in Reservoir Systems

May 19th, 2023|

By Benjamin Narwold, Environmental Science and Management major '23 Author’s Note: I wrote this review paper to learn more about the environmental impacts of floating photovoltaics (FPVs) because this topic directly applies to my work [...]

Inference on the Dynamics of COVID-19 in Kerala, India

October 25th, 2022|

By Darya Petrov Author's Note:  I worked on this research project at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, while we were fully remote and on lockdown. I chose this topic because it was extremely relevant [...]

Recovering Individual Based Model Outcomes on Spatiotemporally Coarsened Data

March 2nd, 2022|

By Sameerah Helal, Applied Mathematics, Under supervision of Stephanie Dodson Author's Note: Individual Based Models (IBMs) are commonly used to study animal migrations and foraging behaviors. These flexible models are powerful in identifying the mechanisms [...]

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