Of the three major categories of cell death, apoptosis is what we traditionally refer to when we discuss “programmed cell death,” and it is comparatively the best understood.

Got a long incubation time to kill? Waiting for your cells to spin? Bored in-between classes? In class?  This week I’ve decided to finally dust off the official list of grad-student approved webcomics for your time-wasting pleasure.

San Francisco loves biking, and one of the most fun and rewarding days to bike is the annual Bike to Work Day celebration.

Dr. Nancy Ascher

During the White Coat Ceremony for the School of Medicine’s Class of 2016, Dr. Nancy Ascher, Chair of Surgery, delivered the keynote speech.  Not only was it our first UCSF White Coat Ceremony, but it was Dr. Ascher’s as well.  

On Wednesday, April 17, the United States Senate voted down a series of bills aimed at strengthening federal gun control laws, including a bipartisan compromise expanding background checks for gun buyers.

You may be wondering what happened to the front page of Synapse this week.  This artsy stuff is cool and all, but does it really have to bump the news off the front page? 

In its only concert appearances of the season, UCSF’s a cappella group, Vocal Chords, will be performing a new and eclectic mix of pop music on campus next month.

“There was this liii-yit,” she says, with her Southern accent lingering on the “iii” as if a boomerang going round and round, away and back again, trying to find its way home.  “I mean I think it was a liii-yit.”  Her eyes searching the sky overhe

You wonder if they ever really existed

because how can anything

exist so briefly,

like putting a lighter to incense

at dusk and letting go before it lights,

watching faint smoke vanish

These are my thoughts. Be honest.

If we get to exist together in a different

plane, do you find that sad, like I do? Here

I am growing older and more tolerant. But

sometimes I wish a whisper would come