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Digging Deeper Into Cancer

Digging Deeper Into Cancer

November 15, 2013

What a pathologist looks for in a Pap test sample, but hopes not to find, are oddly shaped cells with abnormally large nuclei. The same is true for prostate and lung cancer biopsies. In fact, most cancer cells display distorted structures.

It's All About Networking

It's All About Networking

November 15, 2013

Which would you choose if you were diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer? You could receive a standard chemo regimen, followed three months later by an MRI scan to determine the treatment's success. Or, instead, a genomic analysis of your biopsied breast tissue could help determine a drug regimen tailored to your own genetic makeup.

The Fabric of Disease

The Fabric of Disease

November 15, 2013

If biology is destiny, then the slightest change in a gene's DNA can become an agent of destiny.

New Center Explores Ethical, Legal, Social Implications of Genomics in Health Care

New Center Explores Ethical, Legal, Social Implications of Genomics in Health Care

November 14, 2013

With inexpensive genetics kits flooding the market, both consumers – and their doctors – still lack basic information about what to do, if anything, with what they learn about their own genomes.

Scientists Halt Deadly Organ Tissue Scarring in its Tracks

Scientists Halt Deadly Organ Tissue Scarring in its Tracks

November 11, 2013

UC San Francisco scientists report that they were able to arrest, and even reverse, tissue scarring of the liver, kidneys and lungs in mice.

Did Inefficient Cellular Machinery Evolve to Fight Viruses and Jumping Genes?

Did Inefficient Cellular Machinery Evolve to Fight Viruses and Jumping Genes?

November 7, 2013

It might seem obvious that humans are elegant and sophisticated beings in comparison to lowly bacteria. But when it comes to genes, a UC San Francisco scientist wants to turn conventional wisdom about human and bacterial evolution on its head.