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How a Thick "Sugar Coating" on Cells May Drive Aggressive Cancers

June 25, 2014

A research team led by UC San Francisco scientists has shown that cancer-induced structural changes in a sugary coating ensheathing cells can promote mechanical interactions that fuel tumor growth and metastasis.
 
Targeting a Key Driver of Cancer

Targeting a Key Driver of Cancer

June 18, 2014

It’s one of the most common and deadly drivers of cancer, yet it has eluded any drug therapies for decades.  Now, buoyed by recent research breakthroughs and funding support, scientists are pushing harder than ever to target what has been called "undruggable."

Longer Telomeres Linked to Risk of Brain Cancer

Longer Telomeres Linked to Risk of Brain Cancer

June 8, 2014

New genomic research led by UC San Francisco scientists reveals that two common gene variants that lead to longer telomeres, the caps on chromosome ends thought by many scientists to confer health by protecting cells from aging, also significantly increase the risk of developing the deadly brain cancers known as gliomas.
 
Notable Progress Against Colorectal Cancer Shown in 10-Year National Study

Notable Progress Against Colorectal Cancer Shown in 10-Year National Study

June 1, 2014

Research led by a UC San Francisco investigator establishes a new benchmark in the treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer and sets a new expectation for how long patients can live with the particularly lethal disease.

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UCSF to Present Advances in Prostate Cancer Treatment, Immunotherapy at Major Cancer Meeting

May 29, 2014

From prostate cancer to immunotherapy to genetic testing, UC San Francisco research is providing new insights and aiding in the development of new treatment strategies for cancer.

Peter Walter Receives Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine

Peter Walter Receives Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine

May 27, 2014

A UC San Francisco professor of biochemistry and biophysics has received Asia’s highest scientific honor, the 2014 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine, for his groundbreaking discovery of a system that makes "life and death decisions" for the cell.