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Researchers discover BRCA1 gene is key for blood forming stem cells

Researchers discover BRCA1 gene is key for blood forming stem cells

 

The finding could explain why patients with BRCA1 mutations do not have an elevated risk for leukemia. The stem cells die before they have an opportunity to transform into a blood cancer.

Researchers discover potential new target for treating glioblastoma

Researchers discover potential new target for treating glioblastoma

 

Scientists have found a way to inhibit the growth of glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer with low survival rates, by targeting a protein that drives growth of brain tumors, according to research from the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute and Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Choreographing the microRNA-target dance

Choreographing the microRNA-target dance

 

Molecular biologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center were able to uncover a new mechanism that choreographs a complex molecular dance by applying the latest in gene editing technology combined with a traditional method of making a microRNA target produce a fluorescent green protein.

Researchers identify novel mechanism that protects pancreas from digestive enzymes

Researchers identify novel mechanism that protects pancreas from digestive enzymes

 

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have uncovered the mechanism by which the stress hormone FGF21 keeps digestive enzymes from damaging the pancreas.

Researchers find likely cause – and potential way to prevent – vision deterioration in space

Researchers find likely cause – and potential way to prevent – vision deterioration in space

 

Using a vacuum device to lower intracranial pressure might prevent vision deterioration in astronauts, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers said.

Scientists identify protein central to immune response against tuberculosis bacteria

Scientists identify protein central to immune response against tuberculosis bacteria

 

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a protein that is central to the immune system’s ability to recognize and destroy the bacterium responsible for the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic.

Simmons Cancer Center joins National Cancer Institute, CDC calling for increased HPV vaccinations to prevent cancer

Simmons Cancer Center joins National Cancer Institute, CDC calling for increased HPV vaccinations to prevent cancer

 

More than a decade after the HPV vaccine was deemed both safe and effective by the FDA for preventing several types of cancer, the vaccine is still underused by those who could benefit.

Neurosurgeon selected for inaugural Clinical Scholars grant

Neurosurgeon selected for inaugural Clinical Scholars grant

 

Southwestern Health Resources has selected neurosurgeon Dr. Bradley Lega as the inaugural grant recipient for its Texas Health Resources Clinical Scholars Program to further his research into improving the memory of those with epilepsy and other degenerative brain diseases.

Researchers uncover mechanism for cancer-killing properties of pepper plant

Researchers uncover mechanism for cancer-killing properties of pepper plant

 

UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists have uncovered the chemical process behind anti-cancer properties of a spicy Indian pepper plant called the long pepper, whose suspected medicinal properties date back thousands of years.