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MARCH 24, 2015
cas9 Jennifer Doudna and five other UC Berkeley scientists co-authored a commentary in the journal Science urging caution when using new precision DNA scissors to do gene therapy. They strongly discouraged the tool's use to alter the human genome in ways that can be inherited. Doudna is one of the co-inventors of this technology, known as CRISPR-Cas9.

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Lilyanne Clark
If you've ever ridden the elevator up the Campanile, you've probably met Lilyanne Clark. "I spend four hours in the elevator a day," she says, "and on busy days, I can make 10 to 15 round trips an hour." That's up to 60 round trips daily. In honor of the Campanile's 100th birthday, the NewsCenter talked to Clark about her job - and the tower's myths and secrets.  

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Shaking hands
Daniel Zoughbie's big idea is that "contagious health" behavior - a social network to support small changes - can have a major impact on people's well-being. He brought the idea to life by founding Microclinic International. So far, the Berkeley- and Blum Center-seeded non-profit has affected more than 1 million people.

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Nona Penner, Judy Li
Scores of IRS-certified student volunteers, after learning income-tax basics, are helping people of limited means prepare their federal and state returns. The students are part of the Berkeley Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  

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Scientists discover new pathway critical to aging.

Study finds altering brain's chemical balance can make people more sensitive to inequality.

Early-career faculty deepen connections with tech and venture-capital worlds.

Paul Alivisatos will return to research, teaching.

Scott Saul named contender for 2015 PEN literary award.  
New initiative offers business experience in exchange for pro bono legal help.

Nonprofit built by Berkeley Law grads helps make life outside more livable.

Public policy's Michael O'Hare asks: Will they change?

Legal scholar Jonathan Simon thinks courts may be ready to take on mass incarceration. 
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