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Bursts of Waves Drive Immune System Soldiers Toward Invaders

August 15, 2007

Scientists have discovered that torrents of microscopic waves propel white blood cells toward invading microbes. The discovery -- recorded on videotape -- holds the potential for better understanding and treatment of cancer and heart disease. Visible only under a very high-resolution light microscope, the dynamic ...
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Genetic Testing Helps Woman Make Informed Decisions About Health Care

August 11, 2007

"Have you ever seen a relative go through the cancer process?" That's the first question San Francisco writer Doreen DeSalvo poses when asked whether she regrets getting tested -- and testing positively -- for Lynch syndrome. Lynch syndrome is a hereditary cancer that carries a ...
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Skin Cancer Scientist Sees Ray of Hope: A Conversation with James Cleaver

August 4, 2007

Much of what we know about how DNA repairs sun-damaged skin -- or fails to do so -- has arisen in the last few decades, thanks to scientists like UCSF's Jim Cleaver, PhD. Cleaver has a very long list of titles, including member of the ...
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Two UCSF Postdocs Named to New Class of Damon Runyon Fellows

August 2, 2007

UCSF postdoctoral scholars Thomas M. Huckaba, PhD, and Melissa R. Junttila, PhD, have been named among 18 new Damon Runyan Fellows by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation at the Foundation's May 2007 Scientific Advisory Committee review. Recipients of the prestigious, three-year award are outstanding ...
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Cancer Center Names Director of Investigational Therapeutics

July 28, 2007

Eric Small, MD, a professor in residence of medicine and urology and interim chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology, has been named director of investigational therapeutics in the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center. Frank McCormick, PhD, director of the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center and Cancer Research ...
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More Power to Population Studies in Pancreas Cancer Research

July 26, 2007

UCSF clinicians and researchers are joining with counterparts far and wide to conduct large studies that will yield the statistical power necessary to clearly identify factors associated with risk for pancreas cancer. So far, the only undisputed factors known to increase one's chances of getting ...