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Cancer Stem Cells Linked to Drug Resistance

Most drugs used to treat lung, breast and pancreatic cancers also promote drug-resistance and ultimately spur tumor growth. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a biomarker called CD61 on the surface of drug-resistant tumors that appears responsible for inducing tumor metastasis by enhancing the stem cell-like properties of cancer cells.

April 20, 2014General, Health, Science and Engineering

The Ilk of Human Kindness

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that older women, plucky individuals and those who have suffered a recent major loss are more likely to be compassionate toward strangers than other older adults.

April 17, 2014General, Health, Science and Engineering

Mutant Protein in Muscle Linked to Neuromuscular Disorder

Spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) is a rare inherited neuromuscular disorder characterized by slowly progressive muscle weakness and atrophy. In a new study published in the online issue of Neuron, a team of scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say novel mouse studies indicate that mutant protein levels in muscle cells are fundamentally involved in SBMA, suggesting an alternative and promising new avenue of treatment.

April 16, 2014General, Health, Science and Engineering

Breaking Bad Mitochondria

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a mechanism that explains why people with the hepatitis C virus get liver disease and why the virus is able to persist in the body for so long.

April 15, 2014General, Health, Science and Engineering

Biologists Develop Nanosensors to Visualize Movements and Distribution of Plant Stress Hormone

Biologists at UC San Diego have succeeded in visualizing the movement within plants of a key hormone responsible for growth and resistance to drought. The achievement will allow researchers to conduct further studies to determine how the hormone helps plants respond to drought and other environmental stresses driven by the continuing increase in the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide, or CO2, concentration.

April 15, 2014Science and Engineering, Research, Science & Engineering

Splice Variants Reveal Connections Among Autism Genes

A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Center for Cancer Systems Biology (CCSB) at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has uncovered a new aspect of autism, revealing that proteins involved in autism interact with many more partners than previously known. These interactions had not been detected earlier because they involve alternatively spliced forms of autism genes found in the brain.

April 11, 2014General, Health, Science and Engineering

For Good and Ill, Immune Response to Cancer Cuts Both Ways

The difference between an immune response that kills cancer cells and one that conversely stimulates tumor growth can be as narrow as a “double-edged sword,” report researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in the April 7, 2014 online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

April 07, 2014General, Health, Science and Engineering

Cancer and the Goldilocks Effect

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that too little or too much of an enzyme called SRPK1 promotes cancer by disrupting a regulatory event critical for many fundamental cellular processes, including proliferation.

April 03, 2014General, Health, Science and Engineering

UC San Diego Medical Center Named Among 100 Great Hospitals in U.S.

The University of California, San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest has been named one of “100 Great Hospitals in America” by Becker’s Hospital Review, a publishing group that conducts hospital and healthcare news and analyses, which described the honorees as “some of the most prominent, forward-thinking and focused healthcare facilities in the nation.”

April 02, 2014Awards, General, Health, Science and Engineering

Good Vibrations: Using Light-Heated Water to Deliver Drugs

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in collaboration with materials scientists, engineers and neurobiologists, have discovered a new mechanism for using light to activate drug-delivering nanoparticles and other targeted therapeutic substances inside the body.

April 01, 2014General, Health, Science and Engineering

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