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A “Frenemy” in Parkinson’s Disease Takes to Crowdsourcing

September 29, 2014 – 1:53 pm | Edit Post

Researchers have found that a key neuronal protein called alpha-synuclein normally gathers in synapses, where aggregates of it help regulate neurotransmissions. In overabundance, though, a-synuclein can choke off communication altogether, leading to neuronal death and related diseases.

New insights into how the heart forms may help identify heart defects

September 29, 2014 – 11:22 am | Edit Post

Cdc42 controls embryonic heart formation.

Daiichi Sankyo Offers $315M Up Front to Get Ambit and Leukemia Drug

September 29, 2014 – 10:09 am | Edit Post

Japan’s Daiichi Sankyo has agreed to acquire San Diego cancer drug developer Ambit Biosciences (NASDAQ: AMBI) for $315 million in cash, with additional milestone payments that could bring the total…
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Algae as biofuel focus of summit

September 29, 2014 – 6:50 am | Edit Post

Algae research summit conference returns to the epicenter of algae biotechnology.

TSRI Scientists Awarded $7.9 Million to Develop Artificial Immune System

September 29, 2014 – 12:00 am | Edit Post

The projects are being led by Tom Kodadek and Brian Paegel at Scripps Florida and Floyd Romesberg at Scripps California.

Helping Teens Find a Path to STEM Careers

September 29, 2014 – 12:00 am | Edit Post

The new Science Saturday program introduces high school students to biomedical research at TSRI.

Surprising Diversity of Antibody Family Provides Clues for HIV Vaccine Design

September 29, 2014 – 12:00 am | Edit Post

A team from the Burton and Wilson labs has described how a single family of antibodies has evolved remarkably diverse structures to attack a vulnerable site on HIV.

In 2-Minute Drill for Startups, a Winning Pitch for Clinical Trials

September 26, 2014 – 4:39 pm | Edit Post

In two minutes, Summer Rogers said it all. The founder and CEO of San Diego-based nPruv said she founded the Web-based health IT startup to help match chronically ill patients with clinical trials of…

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Thank you to our Sanford-Burnham Cheerleaders

September 26, 2014 – 3:52 pm | Edit Post

On Sunday, Sept. 21 over 40 volunteers came out to support Pedal the Cause San Diego at the Sanford-Burnham cheer tent located at the top of the Torrey Pines mesa.

Thank you to our Sanford-Burnham Cheerleaders

September 26, 2014 – 3:52 pm | Edit Post

On Sunday, Sept. 21 over 40 volunteers came out to support Pedal the Cause San Diego at the Sanford-Burnham cheer tent located at the top of the Torrey Pines mesa.