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UCSF Scientists Illuminate How MicroRNAs Drive Tumor Progression

September 16, 2009

UCSF researchers have identified collections of tiny molecules known as microRNAs that affect distinct processes critical for the progression of cancer. The findings, they say, expand researchers' understanding of the important regulatory function of microRNAs in tumor biology and point to new directions for future ...
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UCSF Researchers Program Cells to Be Remote-controlled by Light

September 13, 2009

UCSF researchers have genetically encoded mouse cells to respond to light, creating cells that can be trained to follow a light beam or stop on command like microscopic robots. This is the first time researchers have been able to import a light controlled "on-off switch" ...
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New Research Strategy for Understanding Drug Resistance in Leukemia

September 3, 2009

UCSF researchers have developed a new approach to identify specific genes that influence how cancer cells respond to drugs and how they become resistant. This strategy, which involves producing diverse genetic mutations that result in leukemia and associating specific mutations with treatment outcomes, will enable ...
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Cancer Center Enlists Churches as Partners in Advancing Health

September 3, 2009

UCSF will sponsor a one-day symposium on September 12 to highlight the importance of faith-based organizations as crucial partners in promoting good health. The second-annual event, "Abundant Life: A Gathering for Faith, Health and Community," is open to churches in and around San Francisco and ...
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Researchers Explore Role of Culture in Decision to Get a Mammogram

September 2, 2009

For the past seven years, a multidisciplinary team of UCSF researchers has attempted to understand why women choose to have or forego regular mammograms -- a simple and effective tool for detecting breast cancer -- and what role culture plays in that decision process. The ...
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Some Brain Tumors May Be Mediated by Tiny Filament on Cells

August 24, 2009

UCSF scientists have discovered that a tiny filament extending from cells, until recently regarded as a remnant of evolution, may play a role in the most common malignant brain tumor in children. The study, conducted in mice and in human brain tissue of medulloblastomas, coincides ...