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2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine Awarded for Cancer Immunotherapy

Congratulations to James Allison and Tasuko Honjo for winning the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine. Specifically, they discovered the CTLA-4 and PD-1 proteins, and found that inhibiting these proteins allowed the immune system to attack tumors. These discoveries were instrumental in launching the cancer immunotherapy revolution. 2018 Nobel Prize

By |2018-10-02T16:41:32+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Biomedical News|Comments Off on 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine Awarded for Cancer Immunotherapy

How does Zika virus cause birth defects?

How does Zika virus cause birth defects?  This study demonstrates that the birth defects associated with Zika virus infection arise due to the detrimental effects of type 1 interferon, which (paradoxically) is produced by your immune system to protect you from viral infections.  This is a story that is interesting in its own right, but [...]

By |2018-01-14T06:16:21+00:00January 14th, 2018|Biomedical News|Comments Off on How does Zika virus cause birth defects?

FDA-Approved Sedative Rapidly Reduces Suicidal Thoughts

Ketamine is used clinically as a sedative, but also abused recreationally due to its hallucinogenic properties. Here, researchers describe the amazing ability of ketamine to rapidly reduce suicidal thoughts. What is the molecular mechanism? And how can we use that information to prevent these thoughts from appearing in the first place? Ketamine Reduces Suicidal Thoughts

By |2018-01-09T06:52:45+00:00January 9th, 2018|Biomedical News|Comments Off on FDA-Approved Sedative Rapidly Reduces Suicidal Thoughts

An old alcoholism drug with a new purpose – fighting cancer

The process of developing and evaluating new drugs is time-consuming, expensive, logistically challenging and potentially dangerous to patients involved in the studies.  It would therefore be refreshing to find a new way to advance a drug through this difficult process.  Repurposing existing FDA-approved drugs for new uses is one way this can be accomplished.  Here, [...]

By |2017-12-11T18:15:51+00:00December 11th, 2017|Biomedical News|Comments Off on An old alcoholism drug with a new purpose – fighting cancer

Summer Science Camps Are Now Scheduled

Hey everyone! Summer 2018 science workshops on Molecular Biology of Cancer, Molecular Neuroscience, Molecular Immunology and our newest camp Molecular Biology of Development and Aging are now set at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego. Workshops held at UC Berkeley are 6/3-6/16 and 6/17-6/30. Workshops held at UCSD are 7/8-7/21. Our Biomedical Research camp is [...]

By |2017-11-29T09:21:45+00:00November 29th, 2017|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Summer Science Camps Are Now Scheduled

Winter Break/Spring Break Bioinformatics Workshops

Winter/Spring Break Medical and Translational Bioinformatics workshops are now scheduled. This is a great way to learn how to do research from home, and learn how to create professional projects. Dates/locations are as follows: 1. 12/26-12/29 in Berkeley, CA 2. 3/12-3/15 at TCU in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX 3. 4/2-4/5 in Berkeley, CA Please email info@rosettainstitute.org [...]

By |2017-11-09T06:24:47+00:00November 9th, 2017|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Winter Break/Spring Break Bioinformatics Workshops

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