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Novel Phage Therapy Saves Patient with Multidrug-Resistant Bacterial Infection

Scientists and physicians at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, working with colleagues at the U.S. Navy Medical Research Center – Biological Defense Research Directorate (NMRC-BDRD), Texas A&M University, a San Diego-based biotech and elsewhere, have successfully used an experimental therapy involving bacteriophages — viruses that target and consume specific strains of bacteria — to treat a patient near death from a multidrug-resistant bacterium.

Novel Phage Therapy Saves Patient with Multidrug-Resistant Bacterial Infection

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Novel Phage Therapy Saves Patient with Multidrug-Resistant Bacterial Infection
Scientists and physicians at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, working with colleagues at the U.S. Navy Medical Research Center – Biological Defense Research Directorate (NMRC-BDRD), Texas A&M University, a San Diego-based biotech and elsewhere, have successfully used an experimental therapy involving bacteriophages — viruses that target and consume specific strains of bacteria — to treat a patient near death from a multidrug-resistant bacterium.
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Sensor-Equipped Glove Could Help Doctors Take Guesswork Out of Measuring Spasticity
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital have developed new wearable sensors and robotics technology that could be used to accurately measure muscle stiffness during physical exams.
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Hacking into a Lost World
Somewhere in the at-risk ruins of Khirbat en-Nahas in the Faynan region of southern Jordan lie untold stories of copper mining and smelting industries from the time of David and Solomon and the Edomite kings. Stories that, until now, could only be told in words, maps and photographs. Thanks to UC San Diego engineering and archaeology students that teamed up for the world’s first cyber-archaeology hackathon, the story of King Solomon’s copper mines now exists in virtual reality.
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Marching for Science
On Saturday, April 22, 2017, Earth Day, scientists and non-scientists alike will take to the streets in Washington, D.C., San Diego and many other cities to show their support for research funding, environmental protection, evidenced-based policymaking, and many other issues in a global March for Science.

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The Preuss School UCSD Ranked Best High School in San Diego County by U.S. News & World Report

The Preuss School UCSD Ranked Best High School in San Diego County by U.S. News & World Report

The Preuss School UCSD—a charter middle and high school for low-income students who strive to become the first in their families to graduate from college—has been ranked the best high school in San Diego County by U.S. News & World Report, which just released its annual list of “Best High Schools.”…

UC San Diego Nanoengineer Selected as the U.S. Nominee for 2017 ASPIRE Prize

UC San Diego Nanoengineer Selected as the U.S. Nominee for 2017 ASPIRE Prize

Nanoengineering professor Liangfang Zhang at the University of California San Diego has been selected as the U.S. nominee for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE). Zhang won the nomination for his revolutionary work in the field of nanomedicine, which focuses on nanomaterials…

New Study Suggests Overfishing in One of World’s Most Productive Fishing Regions

New Study Suggests Overfishing in One of World’s Most Productive Fishing Regions

A new study suggests that more small-scale fishing boats are operating in the Gulf of California than is economically and ecologically sustainable, suggesting that local fishermen are spending more time and money to catch fewer fish.

After the Death of a Friend, Healing in a Social Network

After the Death of a Friend, Healing in a Social Network

Wounds heal – the cells in a body knit over a cut. When a neuron dies, the brain can rewire itself to make up for the loss. And now, new research suggests, something similar seems to happen within a human social network after the death of a friend. Published in Nature Human Behavior, the study of 15,000…

Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking on University Campuses

Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking on University Campuses

On Tuesday, April 25, UC San Diego’s Social Impact and Innovation initiative is organizing a 90-minute workshop on human trafficking in the San Diego region – and even on university campuses. It’s the first of six monthly events geared to a curriculum for raising awareness and helping to combat…

NIH Funds UC San Diego Amazonian Center of Excellence in Malaria Research

NIH Funds UC San Diego Amazonian Center of Excellence in Malaria Research

The Amazonian Center of Excellence for Malaria Research, headed by Joseph Vinetz, MD, professor of medicine and tropical disease specialist at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, will receive up to approximately $8.3 million over seven years from the National Institute of Allergy and…

Survey: Nearly 60 Percent of Seniors Use Cell Phones While Driving

Survey: Nearly 60 Percent of Seniors Use Cell Phones While Driving

With April designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness month, a team of researchers at the Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) program at University of California San Diego School of Medicine has released survey results describing the habits of senior drivers in California.

Economists Price BP Oil Spill Damage to Natural Resources at $17.2 Billion

Economists Price BP Oil Spill Damage to Natural Resources at $17.2 Billion

The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was the largest maritime oil spill in U.S. history. Almost seven years to the day after the start of the environmental disaster, researchers have published a price tag of the damage done to natural resources: $17.2 billion.