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Families of Pediatric Cancer Patients Gather at Picnic

October 5, 2007

The Children's Cancer and Blood Disease Program at UCSF Children's Hospital hosted its first annual celebration for pediatric oncology patients and their families recently at the San Francisco Zoo. UCSF pediatric cancer patients and their families had the opportunity to meet with peers with similar ...
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UCSF's Blackburn Shares Columbia University's 2007 Horwitz Prize

October 4, 2007

Columbia University will award the 2007 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize to Joseph G. Gall, PhD, a cell biologist at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Embryology, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD, a biologist and physiologist at the University of California, San Francisco and Carol W. Greider, PhD, ...
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On-screen Smoking in Movies Linked to Young Adult Smoking Behavior

October 2, 2007

New study findings show that exposure to on-screen smoking in movies has a strong correlation with beginning to smoke or becoming established smokers among young adults 18-25, a critical age group for lifelong smoking behavior. The research was conducted by a team from the University ...
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Specific Immune Cells Play an Essential Role in Tumor Growth

September 30, 2007

UCSF researchers have discovered that blocking the function of a certain type of immune cell halts pancreatic islet tumor growth in mice. The finding proves, they say, that specific immune cells can play a critical role in the formation and subsequent growth of cancer. The ...
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Presence of Gene Mutation Helps Guide Thyroid Cancer Treatment

September 5, 2007

A specific gene mutation may be useful in predicting the level of aggression of thyroid cancer and help guide treatment options and follow-up care, according to new study findings. The mutation, called BRAF V600E, is a genetic alteration in the BRAF oncogene, a modified gene ...
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New Breeds of Mice Shed Light on Human Cancers and Treatments

September 5, 2007

Scientists are not in the business of making better mousetraps, but they're serious about making better mice to understand cancer biology. Cancer sleuths are using new ways to genetically engineer mice. They use these new breeds of mice to study the effects of specific genetic ...