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‘Living Fossil’ May Upend Basic Tenet of Evolutionary Theory

‘Living Fossil’ May Upend Basic Tenet of Evolutionary Theory

January 16, 2020

The field of evolutionary biology has seen its share of spirited debates. But if there's one principle that virtually every expert in the field agrees on, it’s that natural selection occurs at the level of the genome.  But now, a UC San Francisco–led research team ...
Who Will Benefit From Precision Medicine?

Who Will Benefit From Precision Medicine?

January 12, 2020

from UCSF Magazine Winter 2020 One morning, as you’re getting out of bed, an intense pain grips your feet. Your toe joints are swollen again. It’s been happening for months now. You decide it’s time to get the problem checked out, so you pay a ...
Young Women Still May Be Getting Unnecessary Pelvic Exams

Young Women Still May Be Getting Unnecessary Pelvic Exams

January 6, 2020

Pelvic examinations and cervical cancer screenings are no longer recommended for most females under age 21 during routine health visits, but a new study has found that millions of young women are unnecessarily undergoing the tests, which can lead to false-positive testing, over-treatment, anxiety and ...
JUUL Delivers Substantially More Nicotine than Previous Generation E-Cigs and Cigarettes

JUUL Delivers Substantially More Nicotine than Previous Generation E-Cigs and Cigarettes

January 6, 2020

JUUL delivers substantially more nicotine to the blood per puff than cigarettes or previous-generation e-cigarettes (e-cigs) and impairs blood vessel function comparable to cigarette smoke, according to a new study by researchers at UC San Francisco.  The study, which appears online Jan. 4, 2019, in Tobacco ...
Brain Organoids Reveal Glioblastoma Origins

Brain Organoids Reveal Glioblastoma Origins

January 3, 2020

Glioblastomas are the most aggressive form of brain cancer — they grow and spread rapidly through the brain and are virtually impossible to eradicate, typically leading to death within one or two years of diagnosis. Scientists are constantly seeking more powerful targeted therapies, but so far ...
Should You Take a Direct-to-Consumer DNA Test?

Should You Take a Direct-to-Consumer DNA Test?

December 18, 2019

Since the human genome was completely sequenced in 2003, genetic testing has exploded into a multibillion-dollar industry. And with the rise of so-called “direct-to-consumer” tests such as those sold by 23andMe, which don’t require a physician’s sign-off, investigating your genes is easier than ever. But ...