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Mending a broken heart

Posted by sandiegobiotech December 6th, 2013 .
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Blocking TGF-beta directs stem cells to become cardiomyocytes. The discovery could lead to drugs that repair heart muscle..

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Layoffs Hit Optimer Following Cubist Buyout

Posted by sandiegobiotech December 6th, 2013 .
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Cubist Pharmaceuticals may have added some punch to its antibiotics portfolio by buying Optimer Pharmaceuticals a few months ago, but as is often the case with M&A deals, the buyout is also…

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San Diego Life Sciences Roundup: Ignyta, Conatus, Liver Prize & More

Posted by sandiegobiotech December 5th, 2013 .
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Rust never sleeps, and neither does the news. Here’s my wrap-up of the latest developments from San Diego’s life sciences community. —San Diego-based Ignyta, which trades over the counter under…

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UC San Diego Biophysicists Examine Development of Antibiotic Resistance

Posted by sandiegobiotech December 5th, 2013 .
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A team of UC San Diego biophysicists used quantitative models of bacterial growth to discover the bizarre way by which antibiotic resistance allows bacteria to multiply in the presence of antibiotics, a growing health prob…

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Seismic Science

Posted by sandiegobiotech December 5th, 2013 .
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Over the past seven years, more than 7,000 sixth graders from 26 schools in San Diego County have visited the Jacobs School of Engineering to build model structures and test them on small shake tables. It’s all part of the Earthquake Engineering with K’NEX Outreach Program run by the UC San Diego chapter of the Society of Civil and Structural Engineers.

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No Strings Attached

Posted by sandiegobiotech December 5th, 2013 .
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GiveDirectly.org sends cash to poor people – with no strings attached. The nonprofit was co-founded by UC San Diego development economist Paul Niehaus. Called “crazy” by many, Niehaus and his colleagues are being honored by Foreign Policy magazine as “Leading Global Thinkers” of 2013. And a top charity evaluator has just rated GiveDirectly as its No. 1.

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San Diego Chargers President Donates $500,000 to New Athletic Performance Center

Posted by sandiegobiotech December 5th, 2013 .
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Students at the University of California, San Diego have something new to cheer about this season. Dean Spanos, chairman of the board and president of the San Diego Chargers, has pledged $500,000 to UC San Diego to support…

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Former Foster Youth Find a Family at UC San Diego

Posted by sandiegobiotech December 5th, 2013 .
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When former foster youth join the UC San Diego community as undergraduates, they are immediately embraced by a close-knit extended family of caring staff members who affirm the students’ potential and assure comprehensive support.

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FDA’s Culture Is Genetically Dominant Over 23andMe’s Business Model

Posted by sandiegobiotech December 5th, 2013 .
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I’ve been following the 23andMe saga with dread and fascination and frustration since it hit in late November. If you’re not up to date, David Dobbs has the canonical collection of stories to get you…

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Rising Ocean Acidification Leads to Anxiety in Fish

Posted by sandiegobiotech December 4th, 2013 .
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A new research study combining marine physiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and behavioral psychology has revealed a surprising outcome from increases of carbon dioxide uptake in the oceans: anxious fish.

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