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The Fabric of Disease

The Fabric of Disease

November 15, 2013

If biology is destiny, then the slightest change in a gene's DNA can become an agent of destiny.

New Center Explores Ethical, Legal, Social Implications of Genomics in Health Care

New Center Explores Ethical, Legal, Social Implications of Genomics in Health Care

November 14, 2013

With inexpensive genetics kits flooding the market, both consumers – and their doctors – still lack basic information about what to do, if anything, with what they learn about their own genomes.

Scientists Halt Deadly Organ Tissue Scarring in its Tracks

Scientists Halt Deadly Organ Tissue Scarring in its Tracks

November 11, 2013

UC San Francisco scientists report that they were able to arrest, and even reverse, tissue scarring of the liver, kidneys and lungs in mice.

Did Inefficient Cellular Machinery Evolve to Fight Viruses and Jumping Genes?

Did Inefficient Cellular Machinery Evolve to Fight Viruses and Jumping Genes?

November 7, 2013

It might seem obvious that humans are elegant and sophisticated beings in comparison to lowly bacteria. But when it comes to genes, a UC San Francisco scientist wants to turn conventional wisdom about human and bacterial evolution on its head.

Three on UCSF Faculty Elected to Institute of Medicine

Three on UCSF Faculty Elected to Institute of Medicine

October 21, 2013

Three UC San Francisco faculty members are among the 70 newly elected members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), considered one of the highest honors in the health sciences.

Genetic Discovery Could Help Guide Doctors' Treatment of Bladder Cancers

Genetic Discovery Could Help Guide Doctors' Treatment of Bladder Cancers

October 16, 2013

A UC San Francisco-led team of scientists has discovered that a gene mutation found in some bladder cancers is indicative of low-risk tumors that are unlikely to recur or progress after surgery.

Prostate Cancer Research Retreat Encourages Collaborations

Prostate Cancer Research Retreat Encourages Collaborations

October 14, 2013

The annual prostate cancer research retreat provided a lively sampling of the work of many UCSF investigators focused on this disease.

Cell Growth Discovery by UCSF Team Has Implications for Targeting Cancer

Cell Growth Discovery by UCSF Team Has Implications for Targeting Cancer

October 11, 2013

The way cells divide to form new cells — to support growth, to repair damaged tissues, or simply to maintain our healthy adult functioning — is controlled in previously unsuspected ways UC San Francisco researchers have discovered. The findings, they said, may lead to new ways to fight cancer.

Scientist Identifies Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Target for Drug Development

Scientist Identifies Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Target for Drug Development

October 3, 2013

Often deadly "triple-negative" breast cancers might be effectively treated in many cases with a drug that targets a previously unknown vulnerability in the tumors, according to a new UC San Francisco study.

NIH Official Says Spending Cuts Pose Unprecedented Threat to Biomedical Research

NIH Official Says Spending Cuts Pose Unprecedented Threat to Biomedical Research

October 1, 2013

Scientific progress and innovation are speeding along, faster than ever before, but arbitrary spending cuts are posing an unprecedented threat.