Science

Reviews of journal articles covering topics of Neuoscience, Physiology and Biochemistry.

Kelly Weinersmith recently completed her Ph.D. at UC Davis and is now a Huxley Fellow at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Tumors are not just solid masses of cancer cells. As those cancer cells grow and divide, they hijack all the normal cells around them for their own purposes. They coerce blood vessels to grow along with them, ensuring a continued supply of oxygen and nutrients from the blood stream as the tumor gets bigger. They stimulate the immune cells that are active in wound healing, mimicking a damaged tissue that needs growth stimulation. They also avoid and suppress the immune cells that would normally recognize and kill them.

“Tonight, I’m launching a new Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes—and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier,” announce

Reviews of journal articles covering topics of Microbiology, Cell Biology, and Microbiology & Computational Biology.

 

The following is an edited transcript of an interview with Dr. Atul Butte:

Can you talk broadly about some of your long-term goals for the Institute of Computational Health Sciences?

Humans have been developing genetically-modified organisms for millennia through the process of artificial selection—human-directed selective breeding—of plants and animals for specific traits. For example, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale are all descended from the wild mustard plant, and there are now hundreds if not thousands of dog breeds.

Michael Hemati and Sachin Rangarajan, cofounders of SmartDerm, operate their medical device startup company from the Mission Bay QB3 garage.

Reviews of journal articles covering topics of Immunology, Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, and Neuroscience.
If you break an aglet—the plastic cap on the end of your shoelace—the lace will fray. Then it’ll rip. Soon you won’t be able to tie your shoe properly. Before you know it, the shoe falls off as you’re running frantically down the sidewalk trying to catch a bus. As you watch the bus drive away, you’ll wish you’d kept that aglet intact.