December 9, 2009
What does TTAGGG spell? If you're human, it might spell long life.
That's the sequence of DNA building blocks that keeps our cells ticking. The sequence bears repeating, and the more it repeats, the healthier we may be. In some populations loss of this DNA from key cells is associated with poor health and earlier death.
In Stockholm, Sweden on Monday, UCSF's Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, along with two fellow scientists with whom she will share the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, described discoveries leading to October's award announcement, including the first-ever identification of one of these key DNA sequences.
The Nobel laureates also discussed what their discoveries and ongoing research tells us about health, cancer and aging. The lectures are part of a weeklong series of events that will culminate with Thursday's award ceremony.
Blackburn, along with Carol Greider, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University, and Jack Szostak, PhD, from Harvard Medical School, will be awarded the prize on Thursday for discoveries that have led to an understanding of how the cells of organisms ranging from protozoans to people are equipped to defend the integrity of their genetic blueprints through many generations of cell divisions.
December 3, 2009
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is recommending less frequent cervical cancer screening for healthy women over age 30 and says women younger than 21 need not be screened at all.
The Nov. 20 announcement came just four days after a federal task ...
November 20, 2009
Breast cancer activists, scientists from across the nation and senior leaders from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) have been meeting this week at Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito.
Their purpose is to review progress and future directions for collaborative research aimed at ...
November 20, 2009
UCSF scientists have shown for the first time that the rigidity of a tissue can induce cancer. The research team identified an enzyme that is crucial for regulating tissue stiffness and demonstrated that the enzyme can turn abnormal but non-malignant breast tissue into tumors, according ...
November 18, 2009
Following a major reversal on breast cancer screening recommendations, several UCSF experts are hopeful that future prevention efforts will focus less on one-size-fits-all care and more on individualized risk assessment.
"Prior to the new recommendations, women age 40 and older were all recommended to be ...
November 4, 2009
Two separate grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), each totaling more than $15 million, will feature UCSF scientists as the senior cancer researchers.
The grants, announced by the NCI last week, are among 12 new awards that will promote collaborations among universities, and among ...
October 30, 2009
Experts from UCSF and around North America will discuss the latest developments in cancer prevention at the 2009 UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 5.
The symposium, titled "The Prevention of Cancer," is open to the campus community and will ...
October 27, 2009
Philanthropists Irwin and Joan Jacobs of La Jolla, CA are giving a $6.5 million gift to UCSF for head and neck cancer research. It is believed to be the largest private, U.S. gift for research supporting this disease. Irwin Jacobs is the founder, retired CEO, ...
October 27, 2009
Twenty years of screening for breast and prostate cancer - the most diagnosed cancer for women and men - have not brought the anticipated decline in deaths from these diseases, argue experts from the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Texas Health ...
October 21, 2009
M. Anthony Pogrel, DMD, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the UCSF School of Dentistry, received the 2009 William J. Gies Foundation Award in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, on Oct. 14.
He received the award during the opening ...