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Pharming the Microbiome

January 24, 2023

The gut microbiome plays a critical but poorly understood role in how drugs work or don't work in the body. It also presents therapeutic possibilities unto itself.

Host-Cell Factors Involved in COVID-19 Infections May Augur Improved Treatments

January 23, 2023

Researchers at University of California San Diego and UC Riverside have further elucidated the molecular pathway used by the SARS-CoV-2 virus to infect human lung cells, identifying a key host-cell player that may prove a new and enduring therapeutic target for treating COVID-19.

How Pancreatic Cancer Defies Treatment

January 19, 2023

UC San Diego researchers describe how pancreatic cancer stem cells leverage a protein in a family of proteins that normally suppress tumors to instead do the opposite, boosting their resistance to conventional treatments and spurring growth.

In the Wake of a Wildfire, Embers of Change in Cognition and Brain Function Linger

January 18, 2023

Five years after the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, UC San Diego researchers document persistent differences in cognitive function among survivors.

Study Identifies Cause for Excessive Folding of Gyri in Human Cerebral Cortex

January 18, 2023

UC San Diego researchers identify mutation that causes excessive folding in human brain’s wrinkly cerebral cortex, resulting in diminished cognitive function.

Study Identifies Cause for Mysterious Cases of Epilepsy in Children

January 12, 2023

An international consortium led by UC San Diego has identified at least some of the genetic drivers of a mysterious form of pediatric epilepsy.

Roger Tsien Inducted Into National Inventors Hall of Fame

January 12, 2023

The late Roger Tsien, who won a share of the 2008 Nobel Prize for the development of fluorescent protein as a new way to illuminate the workings of life, has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Marine Plankton Tell the Long Story of Ocean Health, and Maybe Human Too

January 6, 2023

UC San Diego researchers suggest that rising levels of manmade chemicals, accumulating in marine plankton, might be used to monitor the impact of human activity on ecosystem health and perhaps study links between ocean pollution and land-based rates of childhood and adult chronic illnesses.
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