HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Integrative approach to studying penguins, cockroaches and little hairy noses makes comparative biomechanics group at UC Berkeley the nation's best

At San Diego's Sea World, Rodger Kram videotapes penguins waddling across a force-measuring platform to rate the energy efficiency of their distinctive gait. Meanwhile, at the University of California, Berkeley, Claire Farley tapes bright dots to the legs of students and videotapes them running across a similar platform to determine the relationship between muscle stiffness and springy legs.

Across campus, Robert Full tests cockroaches, crabs and centipedes to discover how springy legs provide stability, while down the hall, Steven Lehman stretches rabbit muscle fibers to find out how they work as brakes and springs as well as motors.

Michael Dickinson tracks blowflies in a test chamber to determine how feedback from their eyes affects the flight muscles and ultimately allows spectacular maneuverability. And Mimi Koehl builds foot-long models of lobster antennules to learn how these crustacean noses pluck odor molecules from the water swirling around them.

These half-dozen UC Berkeley professors in the Department of Integrative Biology comprise the largest and most diverse group in the country studying how animals -- including humans -- move.

What has emerged from the comparative biomechanics group at UC Berkeley and from their associates around the world are a set of principles that apply to animal locomotion of all kinds, whether it's running, swimming, flying or wriggling. As Koehl has found, these principles even apply to movement not associated with locomotion - with sampling the environment, capturing food or just trying to stay put in the face of wind or water currents.

Earlier this month, the UC Berkeley team summarized key findings from more than a decade of research at UC Berkeley and elsewhere in a review article titled "How animals move: an integrative approach," published in the journal Science (4/7/00).

Such principles are not merely academic. Full, Koehl and Dickinson, for example, regularly share information with engineers
'"/>

Contact: Robert Sanders
rls@pa.urel.berkeley.edu
510-643-6998
University of California - Berkeley
30-Apr-2000


Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related biology news :

1. Integrative biology of exercise APS Intersociety meeting October 6-9, 2004 in Austin
2. Belgian researchers explore revolutionary approach to angiogenesis
3. Novel IBD therapeutic approaches reported from Washington Univ., Barcelona, LSU at APS meeting
4. Researchers recommend new approach to combat drug-resistant staph infections
5. U. Iowa muscular dystrophy discovery may lead to new treatment approaches
6. New research suggests therapeutic approach for autoimmune diseases
7. New approach offers potential drug-discovery shortcut
8. New approach limits damage after heart attack and improves survival, say Scripps Research scientists
9. Steroid-coated DNA represents new approach to gene delivery
10. Two-drug approach might shorten painful labor, reduce Caesarean sections
11. Death-defying approach devised by Penn scientists to prevent cell apoptosis

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/29/2016)... RATON, Florida , March 29, 2016 ... or the "Company") LegacyXChange "LEGX" and SelectaDNA/CSI Protect are ... DNA in ink used in a variety of writing ... theft. Buyers of originally created collectibles from athletes on ... through forensic analysis of the DNA. ...
(Date:3/18/2016)... 18, 2016 --> ... ICT, Manned & Unmanned Vehicles, Physical infrastructure and Perimeter Surveillance ... in the border security market and the continuing migration crisis ... Europe has led visiongain to publish this ... --> defence & security companies in the ...
(Date:3/14/2016)... , Allemagne, March 14, 2016 ... ) - --> - Renvoi : image ... --> --> ... biométriques, fournit de nouveaux lecteurs d,empreintes digitales pour ... de DERMALOG sera utilisé pour produire des cartes ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... May 3, 2016 - And ... and Producers of Those Competitor Biologics  - ... Activities and Prospects ,  Who are the ... And what are their sales potentials? Discover, in our ... results, trends, opportunities and revenue forecasting. ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... with its clients in mind, the fresh look and added functionality give the ... “Recent years have seen a dynamic shift in agriculture – from precision farming ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Amendia, ... spinal surgical procedures, today announced the completion of a significant transaction and partnership ... and future customers and partners. Kohlberg & Company, L.L.C. (“Kohlberg”), a leading ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... Elekta is pleased to announce ... industry-leading treatment planning software, is available for clinical release. ... version 5.11 provides significant performance speed enhancements over ... to four times faster than in previous versions of ... standard Monte Carlo algorithm, users ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: