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The Evolving Story of the p53 Tumor Suppressor Protein

Famous for being a potent tumor-suppressor protein, p53 was originally identified as an oncogene (or, a gene that promotes tumor development).  What explains this dichotomy?  When p53 was initially identified, the researchers were actually studying a mutant form of p53 which had not only lost its tumor-suppressor properties but had also acquired the properties of [...]

By |2017-10-18T07:08:27+00:00October 18th, 2017|Biomedical News|Comments Off on The Evolving Story of the p53 Tumor Suppressor Protein

Aging – A Target for Therapeutic Intervention

Aging is the greatest risk factor for the development of disease, but the conventional wisdom has been that the aging process is an indomitable and inevitable deterioration that would forever remain shrouded in mystery. Recent research, however, has revealed that aging is similar to every other biological process in that it’s pace is highly regulated [...]

By |2017-04-27T17:28:50+00:00April 27th, 2017|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Aging – A Target for Therapeutic Intervention

A Preliminary Design for a Noninvasive Universal Cancer Test

Even very aggressive types of cancer can usually be treated successfully if detected early enough.  For example, melanoma is a type of skin cancer that is extremely aggressive yet reasonably easy to treat because it is often detected early by visual exam.  In contrast, tumors that arise in the internal organs are often detected at [...]

By |2017-03-17T00:29:31+00:00March 17th, 2017|Biomedical News|Comments Off on A Preliminary Design for a Noninvasive Universal Cancer Test

Meta – A free platform for the analysis of scientific data

The volume of biomedical information that is available – from published research papers to raw DNA/RNA sequencing data – is already overwhelming and new information is being added at an exponential rate. This vast quantity of data has already led to the founding of a new scientific field (bioinformatics), and a logical next step is [...]

By |2017-02-03T19:33:43+00:00February 3rd, 2017|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Meta – A free platform for the analysis of scientific data

Sunlight Activates the Immune System

One of the enduring mysteries of medicine are the reasons for the annual peak of cold and flu season during the winter months.  (Note that the Southern Hemisphere has an equivalent but opposite cold/flu season corresponding to their winter from June to September.)  One explanation for this seasonality is our lack of sunlight exposure during [...]

By |2017-01-16T23:05:17+00:00January 16th, 2017|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Sunlight Activates the Immune System

Winter Break Bioinformatics Workshop

There are still a couple spots available in our Medical and Translational Bioinformatics workshop held in Berkeley, CA, 12/27-12/29. A description of the class in on the curriculum page.  Please inquire if interested.

By |2016-12-22T04:37:37+00:00December 22nd, 2016|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Winter Break Bioinformatics Workshop

Parkinson’s Disease and Gut Bacteria

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological illness that causes deterioration in the control of movement. Here is a nice summary of some fascinating research demonstrating that the bacteria living in our gut may be responsible for Parkinson's Disease. http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/parkinson-s-disease-and-gut-microbiome-linked/81253492

By |2016-12-15T16:31:40+00:00December 15th, 2016|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Parkinson’s Disease and Gut Bacteria