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  • Repurposed Drug Found to be Effective against Zika Virus

    In both cell cultures and mouse models, a drug used to treat Hepatitis C effectively protected and rescued neural cells infected by the Zika virus — and blocked transmission of the virus to mouse fetuses. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Brazil…

  • Wisdom at the End of Life

    In a paper publishing January 24 in the journal International Psychogeriatrics, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine asked 21 hospice patients, ages 58 to 97 and in the last six months of their lives, to describe the core characteristics of wisdom and whether…

  • How Your Brain Remembers What You Had for Dinner Last Night

    Confirming earlier computational models, researchers at University of California San Diego and UC San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Arizona and Louisiana, report that episodic memories are encoded in the hippocampus of the human brain by distinct, sparse sets of neurons.

  • Researchers Map Druggable Genomic Targets in Evolving Malaria Parasite

    Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues across the country and around the world, have used whole genome analyses and chemogenetics to identify new drug targets and resistance genes in 262 parasite cell lines of Plasmodium falciparum — protozoan…

  • New Polygenic Hazard Score Predicts When Men Develop Prostate Cancer

    An international team, led by researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, has developed and validated a genetic tool for predicting age of onset of aggressive prostate cancer, a disease that kills more than 26,000 American men annually.

  • Top UC San Diego Researchers Win ‘Oscars of Science’

    Don Cleveland spends much of his time ruminating on the faulty molecular mechanisms that drive diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Huntington’s. James McKernan explores the world of birational geometry. Joanne Chory digs into the secrets of plant life.

  • State’s Stem Cell Agency Awards Nearly $8 Million for New Leukemia Therapies

    The Independent Citizens Oversight Committee of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) unanimously approved yesterday two grants worth a total of almost $8 million to University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers investigating novel stem cell-based treatments for…

  • Zika Virus Infects Developing Brain by First Infecting Cells Meant to Defend Against It

  • UC San Diego Health Researchers Help Launch Second Pancreas Cancer “Dream Team”

    Scientists and physicians at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, in partnership with colleagues at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, Johns Hopkins University in Maryland and elsewhere, have been awarded a $7 million grant over four years by Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) to create a “dream team”…