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What Seattle Needs (Part 1): “Semi-Successful” Biotech Companies

October 6, 2014 – 12:00 am | Edit Post

I know what you’re thinking: that’s a pretty strange headline. Why would a city want to attract or build companies that are only “semi-successful?” Wouldn’t it want companies that are flourishing or…
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Team to Investigate Role of ‘Vaping’ in Nicotine Dependence

October 6, 2014 – 12:00 am | Edit Post

The researchers, led by Assistant Professor Olivier George, are interested in how new drug delivery devices such as e-cigarettes and alcohol vaporizers may affect the brain and a person’s susceptibility to addiction.

TSRI Collaboration Finds Ancient Protein-Making Enzyme Moonlights as DNA Protector

October 6, 2014 – 12:00 am | Edit Post

The findings, from the Yang, Wu, Kishi and Su labs, could lead to better therapies for radiation injuries and hereditary disorders such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.

Scientists Shed Light on Cause of Spastic Paraplegia

October 6, 2014 – 12:00 am | Edit Post

The Cravatt lab has discovered that a gene mutation linked to hereditary spastic paraplegia, a disabling neurological disorder, interferes with the normal breakdown of triglyceride fat molecules in the brain.

Third Salk biophotonics researcher wins distinguished NIH New Innovator Award

October 5, 2014 – 5:00 pm | Edit Post

LA JOLLA–Scientists at the Salk Institute have scored a rare hat trick with a third assistant professor from the Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Center being named a recipient of the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award.

BD to buy CareFusion for $12.2 billion

October 5, 2014 – 2:23 pm | Edit Post

CareFusion sold for $12.2 billion to medical products maker Becton, Dickinson.

BD to buy CareFusion for $12.2 billion

October 5, 2014 – 2:23 pm | Edit Post

CareFusion sold for $12.2 billion to medical products maker BD.

Scientists Discover Pain Receptor on T-Cells

October 5, 2014 – 10:00 am | Edit Post

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that T-cells – a type of white blood cell that learns to recognize and attack microbial pathogens – are activated by a pain receptor.

RCSB Protein Data Bank Launches Mobile Application

October 3, 2014 – 2:48 pm | Edit Post

The RCSB Protein Data Bank (PDB), which recently archived its 100,000th molecule structure, has introduced a free mobile application device that enables users from the general public and expert researchers to quickly search and visualize the 3D shapes of proteins, nucleic acids, and molecular machines.

RCSB Protein Data Bank Launches Mobile Application

October 3, 2014 – 2:48 pm | Edit Post

The RCSB Protein Data Bank (PDB), which recently archived its 100,000th molecule structure, has introduced a free mobile application device that enables users from the general public and expert researchers to quickly search and visualize the 3D shapes of proteins, nucleic acids, and molecular machines.