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Understanding a Protein’s Role in Familial Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by sandiegobiotech December 30th, 2013 .
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Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have used genetic engineering of human induced pluripotent stem cells to specifically and precisely parse the roles of a key mutated protein in causing familial Alzheimer’s disease (AD), discovering that simple loss-of-function does not contribute to the inherited form of the neurodegenerative disorder.

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Scripps Oceanography Researchers Engineer Breakthrough for Biofuel Production

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Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae.

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Blacks Have Less Access to Cancer Specialists, Treatment

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Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say metastatic colorectal cancer patients of African-American descent are less likely to be seen by cancer specialists or receive cancer treatments. This difference in treatment …

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Stuck on Flu

Posted by sandiegobiotech December 30th, 2013 .
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Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shown for the first time how influenza A viruses snip through a protective mucus net to both infect respiratory cells and later cut their way out to infect other cells.

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Brain Surgeons Go with the Flow

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Neurosurgeons at UC San Diego Health System are using a new approach to visualize the brain’s delicate anatomy prior to surgery. The novel technique allows neurosurgeons to see the brain’s nerve connections thus preserving and protecting critical functions such as vision, speech and memory. No needles, dyes or chemicals are needed to create the radiology scan.

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Using microRNA Fit to a T (cell)

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Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have successfully targeted T lymphocytes – which play a central role in the body’s immune response – with another type of white blood cell engineered to synthesize and deliver bits of non-coding RNA or microRNA (miRNA).

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Grant Will Help Program Continue Training for Safe Senior Driving

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For the seventh consecutive year, the Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety program at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has been awarded a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety that will help keep ou…

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Parasite Lost

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Using advanced methodologies that pit drug compounds against specific types of malaria parasite cells, an international team of scientists, including researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Genomics Institute o…

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Research Team Quantifies ‘The Difficulties of Reproducibility’

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A key pillar of “the scientific method” is reproducibility, one way to prove another scientist’s experimental claims.  If the experiment and its results can be reproduced, the validity of the work is considerably strengthened.

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Quantitative Approaches Provide New Perspective on Development of Antibiotic Resistance

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Using quantitative models of bacterial growth, a team of UC San Diego biophysicists has discovered the bizarre way by which antibiotic resistance allows bacteria to multiply in the presence of antibiotics, a growing health problem in hospitals and nurs…

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