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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

Fall/Winter/Spring Workshops

Our summer 2021 workshops are still in the process of being scheduled, but in the meantime, we wanted to update you on our upcoming Fall/Winter/Spring molecular medicine workshops and let you know that we are currently accepting applications. Fall/winter/spring workshops: We are pleased to announce our newest workshop - Covid-19: Biology, Immunity, Medicine - held [...]

By |2020-10-25T00:36:56+00:00October 1st, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Fall/Winter/Spring Workshops

New Drug Targets Mutant KRAS in Lung Cancer: a 30 Year Odyssey

The Ras proteins (coded by the NRAS, KRAS and HRAS genes) were discovered in 1982 and were subsequently found to be some of the most frequently mutated genes in all types of cancer. Mutant Ras proteins are oncogenes (genes that contribute to the initiation and/or progression of tumors) and are therefore obvious targets for the [...]

By |2020-09-22T23:27:05+00:00September 22nd, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on New Drug Targets Mutant KRAS in Lung Cancer: a 30 Year Odyssey

Update on our workshops

Hey Everyone! There is still a little space in our workshops starting 6/21 and 7/12, which have moved online. Workshops starting 6/21 include Molecular Biology of Cancer, Molecular Biology of Aging and Molecular Neuroscience, and the 7/12 workshops are Molecular Biology of Cancer, Molecular Immunology and Molecular Neuroscience. We hope to have an in-person Biomedical [...]

By |2020-06-20T18:10:02+00:00June 20th, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Update on our workshops

How does a SARS-CoV-2 infection evolve, and how does this relate to severity of Covid-19 illness?

SARS-CoV-2 is a highly contagious virus, but most people who contract SARS-CoV-2 have asymptomatic or mild Covid-19 disease. But what molecular and/or physiologic features discriminate severe/life-threatening Covid-19 from mild/asymptomatic cases? To thoroughly answer this question, one would need to know how the infection evolves and what cell types are involved. This study details the exact [...]

By |2020-06-03T01:10:07+00:00June 3rd, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on How does a SARS-CoV-2 infection evolve, and how does this relate to severity of Covid-19 illness?

Exciting New Therapeutic Targets for Malaria

Malaria is a disease caused by Plasmodium parasites that are transmitted by mosquitoes. Severe cases cause hundreds of thousands of deaths per year, infant mortality/low-birth weight/abnormal neurological development, anemia and respiratory distress, while mild cases cause fever/fatigue/vomiting. Afflicted countries endure severe economic distress as a byproduct of this human suffering. Luckily, in the US we [...]

By |2020-04-14T23:00:51+00:00April 14th, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Exciting New Therapeutic Targets for Malaria

Choosing the right anesthesia can prevent breast cancer metastasis and post-partum depression

The biomedical research world is a complicated one; were it not, many diseases would have been cured decades ago. But every once in awhile, novel research illuminates a simple solution to a complex problem. Here, two studies demonstrate that the use of particular anesthetics can have serious consequences for patient recovery after medical procedures. In [...]

By |2020-02-05T00:53:29+00:00February 5th, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Choosing the right anesthesia can prevent breast cancer metastasis and post-partum depression

The cure for cervical cancer is on the horizon!

The cure for cancer is coming, but a timeline is difficult to predict, and the cure will not be the “magic bullet” imagined by many laymen. Rather, “the cure” will likely be thousands of different drugs combined with hundreds of other treatments like surgery/radiation/immunotherapy, combined with hundreds of strategies for early detection, combined with hundreds [...]

By |2020-02-05T00:48:59+00:00February 5th, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on The cure for cervical cancer is on the horizon!

Summer 2020 workshops are now scheduled!

Hey everyone! Summer 2020 science workshops on Molecular Biology of Cancer, Molecular Neuroscience, Molecular Immunology, Molecular Biology of Aging, Bioinformatics of Cancer and Biomedical Research are now scheduled at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego and at our facility in Alameda, CA. Workshops held at UC Berkeley are 6/7-6/20 and 6/21-7/4. Workshops held at UC [...]

By |2019-11-05T07:41:00+00:00November 5th, 2019|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Summer 2020 workshops are now scheduled!
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