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Can we improve the mental health of people who suffer early life trauma?

Not surprisingly, early childhood trauma predisposes people for depression later in life, and other problems (sexual and physical abuse, crime, poverty and poor health) often emanate from this condition. Unfortunately, the children of these people are often destined for the same fate. We all understand this innately and recognize it as an unfortunate but inevitable [...]

By |2021-03-22T19:15:45+00:00March 22nd, 2021|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Can we improve the mental health of people who suffer early life trauma?

Elusive Cancer Proteins Exposed on the Cell Surface

Here is a series of three related papers published by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, led by legendary cancer researcher Bert Vogelstein. It is a significant body of work that is difficult to succinctly summarize, but the linked write-up is a start. Engineering the immune system to attack tumor cells (immunotherapy) is so effective that [...]

By |2021-03-10T21:21:20+00:00March 6th, 2021|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Elusive Cancer Proteins Exposed on the Cell Surface

The Emerging Link Between the Microbiome and Neurological Disorders

Social media is flooded with news about how important it is to maintain healthy gut bacteria (also known as the microbiome). Not surprisingly, most of this “news” is also aimed at consumers, with the goal of selling probiotics and prebiotics (some of which are quite expensive) to alleviate or cure a whole variety of maladies. [...]

By |2021-02-16T19:38:45+00:00February 16th, 2021|Biomedical News|Comments Off on The Emerging Link Between the Microbiome and Neurological Disorders

Does Previous Exposure to Common Coronaviruses Protect You From Covid-19?

Why do some people have asymptomatic Covid-19, while others suffer from severe or life-threatening disease? Many risk factors for severe Covid have been identified – age, obesity, sex, smoking status, etc. - but this does not fully account for the observed heterogeneity. One possibility is that lifetime exposure to other coronaviruses – which can cause [...]

By |2021-02-15T01:41:50+00:00February 15th, 2021|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Does Previous Exposure to Common Coronaviruses Protect You From Covid-19?

2020 (Winter) and 2021 Workshops Are Now Scheduled

We have fully scheduled our winter/spring and summer workshops on molecular medicine, and applications are now being accepted! Our workshops are designed for high-achieving high school and middle school students who are interesting in pursuing careers in medicine, biomedical research, pharmacy, or other careers within the health sciences. Our instructors are PhD-level scientists who are [...]

By |2020-12-23T01:54:20+00:00December 23rd, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on 2020 (Winter) and 2021 Workshops Are Now Scheduled

Major Discovery in Determining Protein Structure

Biological systems are stunningly complex, and the complexity extends down to the single protein level. Proteins are made up of a string of amino acids, which then fold up into structures that determine their function. Many Nobel Prizes have been awarded for determining protein structures, most recently the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for computer [...]

By |2020-12-04T01:47:03+00:00December 1st, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Major Discovery in Determining Protein Structure

Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have A Durable Antibody Response, But Surprises Emerge

Antibodies are proteins produced by your immune system that fight viruses and other microbes. The cells that produce these antibodies can persist for years after an infection, and generating these cells is the basis for vaccination. It has been clear for some time that Covid-19 patients generated a strong antibody response – at least initially [...]

By |2020-11-29T01:54:10+00:00November 29th, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have A Durable Antibody Response, But Surprises Emerge

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded for CRISPR Gene Editing Technology

In perhaps the most consequential Nobel Prize in years, Jennifer Doudna (UC Berkeley) and Emmanuelle Charpentier (Max Planck Institute in Berlin) were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering a novel antiviral defense mechanism used by bacteria, which they ultimately repurposed into the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology. DNA editing with the CRISPR-Cas9 system has [...]

By |2020-10-07T23:42:10+00:00October 7th, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded for CRISPR Gene Editing Technology
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