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UCSF Team Moves in on Mechanism in Stem Cell Growth, Possibly Cancer

November 14, 2008

A class of miniscule molecules called microRNAs has become a major focus of biomedical research. Now, UCSF scientists have identified multiple members of this class that enable embryonic stem cells to divide, and thus proliferate, much more rapidly than the mature, or specialized, cells of ...
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Cancer Center Launches Evidence-Based Initiative with 40 African American Churches

October 30, 2008

Building on UCSF's commitment to eliminate health disparities and promote research-tested interventions, the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center recently initiated the Abundant Life Health Ministries Initiative through its Community Advisory Board. UCSF defines a health ministry as a "special mission that integrates faith ...
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UCSF Launches Nationwide Clinical Trial-Matching Website for Breast Cancer

October 21, 2008

The UCSF Center of Excellence for Breast Cancer Care recently launched BreastCancerTrials.org, a free, nonprofit clinical trial-matching service that provides nationwide information for individuals diagnosed with or at risk for breast cancer. BreastCancerTrials.org is the only clinical trial-matching service dedicated exclusively to breast cancer, with ...
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Phillips Awarded $5 Million NCI Grant to Study Personalized Medicine

October 13, 2008

The wider world use of medical tests and treatments based on individual genetic differences is the focus of a new, US$5 million research program funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and led by UCSF School of Pharmacy health economist Kathryn Phillips, PhD. The grant ...
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Childhood Leukemia Clusters: A Conversation with Joseph Wiemels

October 3, 2008

Far from the media eye, UCSF epidemiologist Joseph Wiemels, PhD, makes trips to Fallon, Nevada, a rural town of 8,000 about 60 miles east of Reno on a lonesome stretch of Highway 50, to investigate what he calls the most unusual concentration of residential childhood ...
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Major NIH Award Supports Epigenomics Research

October 2, 2008

First there was the Human Genome Project, aimed at mapping all human DNA and understanding how the genetic code defines and controls genes. Now the federal government is sponsoring a big push to understand how another kind of biological code helps determine what we are.