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Sophie Dumont Delivers 2021 Byers Award Lecture: ‘Who Conducts the Symphony of Cell Division?’

Sophie Dumont, PhD, was on track to become a physicist when she stumbled upon a mind-blowing description of cell division at a Berkeley auto shop while waiting for her clunker to be fixed. “My old car was being worked on so I picked up a book left by a previous customer titled “Landmark Papers in

Full-Genome CRISPR Screen Reveals Surprising Ways Neurons Survive Oxidative Stress

When a single gene in a cell is turned on or off, its resulting presence or absence can affect the function and survival of the cell. In a new study appearing May 24 in Nature Neuroscience, UCSF researchers have successfully catalogued this effect in the human neuron by separately toggling each of

Thermo Fisher Scientific and UCSF to Open Cell Therapy cGMP Manufacturing and Collaboration Center

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, and UC, San Francisco announced they have formed a strategic alliance to accelerate the development and manufacturing of cell-based therapies. Under the agreement, Thermo Fisher will build and operate a 44,000-square-foot, state-of

Spread of Breast Cancer Linked to Newly Discovered RNA Splicing Mechanism

What kills most people who die from cancer is not the initial tumor. It’s the intolerable disease burden on the body that arises when tumor cells continually expand their numbers after spreading to different organs. In comparison to what is already known about specific mutations that drive early

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Novel Structure Found in Tumor Cells May Open Door to New Kinds of Cancer Therapies

In 2015, researchers at UC San Francisco found a structure inside of tumor cells that biologists had never seen before. Even more surprising, a closer examination of the structure revealed that it contained signaling proteins known as receptor tyrosine kinases, or RTKs, which were thought to reside

Cancer Patients Lonely and Depressed During COVID

Loneliness and social isolation have been significant problems for the general population during the COVID-19 pandemic, but for cancer patients these issues were particularly acute, likely due to isolation and social distancing, according to a new UC San Francisco study. The study, which is the