Killing Cancer Through the Immune System

What if the body could heal itself of even the most aggressive and deadly tumors? In the span of a few years, the idea has gone from New Age notion to medical reality. Researchers are investigating the potential of immunotherapy to be a powerful, effective and long-lasting solution to kill cancer

Scientists Call for Screening Mammography Every Two Years for Most Women

Adoption of new guidelines recommending screening mammography every two years for women ages 50 to 74 would result in breast cancer screening that is equally effective, while saving the United States $4.3 billion a year in health care costs, according to a study led by UC San Francisco. The study

ExRNA Research May Refine Prostate Cancer Treatment

Urology faculty member Robert Blelloch, MD, PhD, is leading an NIH-funded project examining the role extracellular RNA (exRNA) might play in prostate and other cancers. Within the cell, RNA helps to guide protein production, but scientists have learned in recent years that small segments of RNA are

UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP) Seeks Applications for Spring 2014 Cycle

UCSF's Resource Allocation Program (RAP), which offers a single online application process for a wide variety of intramural grant offerings, is now inviting applications for the Spring 2014 cycle. The electronic-submission deadline is Monday, February 24, at 2 p.m. During the Fall 2013 cycle the

Biases in Animal Studies May Differ From Those In Clinical Trials, UCSF Study Finds

A new analysis of animal studies on cholesterol-lowering statins by UC San Francisco researchers found that non-industry studies had results that favored the drugs even more than studies funded by industry. The analysis of 63 animal studies of statins, led by Lisa Bero, PhD, UCSF professor clinical

Searching Genes to Avoid Medical Side Effects

ExRNA: Decoding Messages Between Cells

RNA has long been known to perform yeoman's duty on the intracellular assembly line, following genetic instructions to help guide protein production. But it turns out that RNA is not merely an essential and reliable, if unexciting, workhorse. Scientists have discovered a type of RNA that ventures