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  • Dread of Roses: Neurobehavioral Effects Found in Children Exposed to Flower Pesticides

    Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Ecuador and Minnesota, have found altered short-term neurological behaviors in children associated with a peak pesticide spraying season linked to the Mother’s Day flower harvest. This study examined children…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Using CRISPR to Reverse Retinitis Pigmentosa and Restore Visual Function

    Using the gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health, with colleagues in China, have reprogrammed mutated rod photoreceptors to become functioning cone photoreceptors, reversing cellular degeneration…

  • In Four Related Papers, Researchers Describe New and Improved Tools for Stem Cell Research

    In a new paper, a large team of researchers led by senior author Kelly Frazer, PhD, professor of pediatrics and director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, describe a new collection of 222 systematically derived and characterized iPSC lines…

  • Researchers Find New Genetic Links Underlying Progressively Blinding Eye Disease

    Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues at Case Western University, Duke University, the National Institutes of Health and elsewhere, have identified three novel genomic loci — distinct stretches of genetic material on chromosomes — linked to Fuchs endothelial…

  • UC San Diego Health Named “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality”

    UC San Diego Health has again been named a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization.

  • What Does Congenital Zika Syndrome Look Like?

    In a new paper, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, along with colleagues in Brazil and Spain, describe the phenotypic spectrum or set of observable characteristics of congenital Zika (ZIKV) syndrome, based upon clinical evaluations and neuroimaging of 83 Brazilian children…

  • How Prenatal Maternal Infections May Affect Genetic Factors in Autism Spectrum Disorder

    In a new study, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, University of Cyprus and Stanford University map the complex biological cascade caused by MIA: the expression of multiple genes involved in autism are turned up or down by MIA, affecting key aspects of prenatal…