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Take the Stairs….

Most people understand that there are few things more important for your health than exercise.  Less well understood is that the most important thing of all is not to exercise vigorously several days/week, but rather to merely move during the day.  If you can accomplish that, it will have tremendous impacts on your health.  In [...]

By |2022-12-11T18:04:55+00:00December 11th, 2022|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Take the Stairs….

2023 Summer Workshops are Now Scheduled and Applications are Being Accepted!

2023 summer workshops are now scheduled!   We will offer online workshops as well as residential and commuter options at UC Berkeley, UCSD and UCLA, and commuter-only workshops at our Alameda, CA location.  See the Biomedical Camps tab for details.

By |2022-12-06T19:00:28+00:00December 6th, 2022|Biomedical News|Comments Off on 2023 Summer Workshops are Now Scheduled and Applications are Being Accepted!

A Protein Previously Linked to Cognitive Difficulties Shields Tumors from Immunotherapy Drugs

Here is a fantastic and important study from renowned American scientist Doug Hanahan from the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC)/Ludwig Institute in Lausanne. First, some background: 1. Immunotherapy – therapies that train the immune system to attack tumors – have revolutionized oncology. Less clear, however, is why some patients respond better than others, [...]

By |2022-11-21T10:02:41+00:00November 21st, 2022|Biomedical News|Comments Off on A Protein Previously Linked to Cognitive Difficulties Shields Tumors from Immunotherapy Drugs

The Black Death Shaped the Evolution of the Human Immune System

Infectious disease has shaped human evolution for millennia.  During epidemics/pandemics, susceptible individuals with unfavorable genetics succumb to disease prior to reproducing while individuals with genetics that favor survival pass on their genes to subsequent generations.  The current Covid-19 pandemic is the most recent of these events.  Pre-vaccine, Covid-19 had a death rate of 1-2% for [...]

By |2022-11-17T13:27:01+00:00November 17th, 2022|Biomedical News|Comments Off on The Black Death Shaped the Evolution of the Human Immune System

2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded

Congratulations to Barry Sharpless (Scripps Research Institute), Carolyn Bertozzi (Stanford U.), and Morten Meldal (U. Copenhagen) for the 2022 Noble Prize in Chemistry for the discovery and development of “click” chemistry, which has proven to be a revolutionary chemical tool for drug discovery and basic biomedical research. Barry Sharpless deserves particular recognition for being just [...]

By |2022-10-07T22:25:16+00:00October 7th, 2022|Biomedical News|Comments Off on 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded

Cancer Preventative Vaccines on the Horizon

After a billion years of evolution, the immune system is exquisitely evolved to fight infectious disease.  Humans learned to harness this power in the form of primitive vaccines against smallpox hundreds of years ago.   But in 2022, we have the knowledge and technology to supercharge vaccination to cure or prevent all manner of disease, both [...]

By |2022-05-21T20:06:16+00:00May 21st, 2022|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Cancer Preventative Vaccines on the Horizon

The Third Installment of the Hallmarks of Cancer Series Has Been Published.

The original Hallmarks of Cancer review (2000) by Doug Hanahan and Robert Weinberg is widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive and authoritative review papers of all time.  In 2011 they published Hallmarks of Cancer: the Next Generation, and now in 2022 the third installment has been published.  Collectively, these three reviews managed to [...]

By |2022-04-16T17:00:57+00:00April 16th, 2022|Biomedical News|Comments Off on The Third Installment of the Hallmarks of Cancer Series Has Been Published.

Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) – A tale of experimental design

In biomedical research, sometimes the topic being studied does not matter so much. Rather, what matters is the experimental design – what underlying questions are asked, what methods are used to answer those questions, and what are the positive/negative controls that are employed to differentiate what is real from what is not real. We then [...]

By |2022-03-03T23:37:56+00:00March 3rd, 2022|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) – A tale of experimental design
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