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The New York Times (Kaiser Health News), Feb. 20, 2020
Stalked by the Fear That Dementia Is Stalking You
I spoke to half a dozen experts, and none was in favor of genetic testing, except in unusual circumstances. “Having the APOE4 allele does not mean you’ll get Alzheimer’s disease. Plenty of people with Alzheimer’s don’t have the allele,” said Mark Mapstone, a professor of neurology at the University of California, Irvine. “And conversely, plenty of people with the allele never develop Alzheimer’s.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

NBC News, Feb. 19, 2020
Caucus chaos again? Experts fear vote-counting problems in Nevada
“I think we have reason to be worried,” said Rick Hasen, a [Chancellor’s] Professor of law and political science at the University of California-Irvine and the editor of Election Law Blog. “As was the case in Iowa, you have the party doing multiple new things at once. Here, one is new technology, and two is new rules, with the early voting.” “It makes me queasy,” he added, calling the system “incredibly complex.”

Consumer Affairs, Feb. 19, 2020
Low levels of oxygen could lead to fatal heart arrhythmias
Heart arrhythmias, which occur when a person’s heartbeat falls out of rhythm, affect many consumers and can even be fatal. Despite the threat to consumers, researchers and medical professionals haven’t been able to nail down exactly why arrhythmias happen in all cases. Now, researchers at the University of California, Irvine believe they may have found an answer. Based on findings from a recent study, lead researcher Dr. Steve A. N. Goldstein [UCI Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs] says that low oxygen levels (hypoxia) can cause levels of a certain protein to throw off heart rhythms.

Scientific American, Feb. 1, 2020
Solar And Wind Power Could Ignite A Hydrogen Energy Comeback
“Far too many people have been misled into believing that electrification is the entire [carbon] solution” that is needed, says Jack Brouwer, an energy expert at the University of California, Irvine, who has been engineering solutions to his region’s dirty air for more than two decades. “And many of our state agencies and legislators have bought in,” without considering how to solve energy storage or to fuel industry, he says.

UPI, Feb. 19, 2020
Veggie-loving monkeyface prickleback may be future sustainable protein
“We found that the monkeyface prickleback’s digestive system is excellent at breaking down starch, which we anticipated,” Donovan German, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Irvine, said …. “But we also learned it has adapted to be very efficient at breaking down lipids …. It is a compelling example of what we call ‘digestive specialization’ in the genome.” The findings could have significant implications for the sustainability of aquaculture.

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