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Moles, Melanomas and Mouse Models

April 22, 2009

A melanoma may start out looking just a little different from a normal mole. But it may end up being every bit as deadly as cancers that first arise in vital organs. When melanoma is diagnosed late, the prognosis is bad. Better treatment is a ...
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Blackburn, Elected AACR President, Will Give Faculty Research Lecture

April 13, 2009

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has announced that Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, the Morris Herzstein Endowed Chair in Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF, has been elected to be the president of the organization. In addition, at UCSF ...
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Testosterone in Prostate Cancer -- New Way to Block Hormones

April 10, 2009

There's a new way to stop the hormonal effects of testosterone, thanks to UCSF neurologist Marc Diamond, MD. Diamond studies the androgen receptor. The androgen receptor ("andro" means man) relays the male hormone's signal to the interior of cells. Why would one want to block ...
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Pap Smear or HPV Testing for Cervical Cancer?

April 9, 2009

Cervical cancer screening and follow-up might one day come to the rural US via a mobile van. Or at least one might imagine such a scenario after reading a study published in the April 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Cervical ...
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Scientists Identify Key Gene that Protects against Leukemia

April 8, 2009

Researchers have identified a gene that controls the rapid production and differentiation of the stem cells that produce all blood cell types -- a discovery that could eventually open the door to more streamlined treatments for leukemia and other blood cancers, in which blood cells ...
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Walter Wins Gairdner International Award

April 8, 2009

Peter Walter, PhD, professor and chair of biochemistry and biophysics at UCSF, is one of just five recipients of the prestigious Gairdner International Award for 2009. The award recognizes researchers who have made significant achievements in medical sciences. Many recipients have gone on to win ...