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Brains of Teens Who Smoke Cigarettes Reveal Early Signs of Addiction

Brains of Teens Who Smoke Cigarettes Reveal Early Signs of Addiction

July 27, 2012

The brains of adolescents who smoke as little as two cigarettes a day respond to images of smoking as do the brains of heavily addicted adult smokers: with pleasure.

Pioneering AIDS Researcher Receives Major Accolade

Pioneering AIDS Researcher Receives Major Accolade

July 25, 2012

John Greenspan, BDS, PhD, considers himself naturally curious. When he started seeing a rare form of cancer of the lymphatoid system in young San Francisco men during the early 1980s, he was intrigued.

UCSF Team Engineers 'Safety Switches' for Immune Therapies

UCSF Team Engineers 'Safety Switches' for Immune Therapies

July 24, 2012

A UCSF team has harnessed a natural protein in bacteria to create a "pause switch" in immune cells, potentially leading to more effective and safer immune therapies for diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.

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Deadly Liver Cancer May Be Triggered by Cells Changing Identity, UCSF Study Shows

July 16, 2012

A rare type of cancer thought to derive from cells in the bile ducts of the liver may actually develop when one type of liver cell morphs into a totally different type, a process scientists used to consider all but impossible.

Scientist Arthur Weiss Praised for Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring

Scientist Arthur Weiss Praised for Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring

July 12, 2012

Over the years, internationally renowned UCSF scientist Arthur Weiss has shepherded and shaped the careers of many scientists who still treasure his straightforward manner and generosity of spirit.

HIV Research: A Long View on a Small Virus

HIV Research: A Long View on a Small Virus

July 11, 2012

Halfway down a long corridor in the middle of UCSF Medical Center, a white-coatedJay Levy, MD, paused recently to reflect on HIV — a disease that has defined a generation, continues to plague the world and may yet be vanquished.