2021 Article Archive

Scientists discover “jumping” genes that can protect against blood cancers


New research has uncovered a surprising role for so-called “jumping” genes that have traditionally been considered a source of genetic mutations responsible for a number of human diseases.

Helping childhood-onset lupus patients stay healthy as adults


UT Southwestern researchers have identified factors that put patients with childhood-onset lupus at elevated risk for poor outcomes, such as end-stage renal disease or death, as they transition from pediatric to adult health care.

Even with regular exercise, astronaut’s heart left smaller after a year in space


With NASA preparing to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, researchers are studying the physical effects of spending long periods in space.

Real-world data at UT Southwestern shows benefit of early vaccination on health care workforce


Vaccinating health care workers resulted in an immediate and notable reduction of positive COVID-19 cases among employees, reducing the number of required isolations and quarantines by more than 90 percent.

Exercise boosts blood flow to the brain, study finds


It’s not just your legs and heart that get a workout when you walk briskly; exercise affects your brain as well.

New structure that mimics blastocysts could aid research into early human development


A UT Southwestern research team has generated biological structures that resemble blastocysts, the structures that form from the early development of fertilized eggs in mammals, using previously established human embryonic stem cells derived from embryos donated for research and human-induced pluripotent stem cells generated from adult cells – collectively known as human pluripotent stem cells.

The α7 protein is ready for its close-up


UT Southwestern researchers have identified the structure of a key member of a family of proteins called nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in three different shapes.

Riding the wave to memory-forming genetics


UT Southwestern scientists have identified key genes involved in brain waves that are pivotal for encoding memories.

Speeding treatment for urinary tract infections in children


A study led by UT Southwestern and Children’s Health researchers defines parameters for the number of white blood cells that must be present in children’s urine at different concentrations to suggest a urinary tract infection (UTI).

New CAR T-cell therapy extends remission in heavily relapsed multiple myeloma patients


A new type of CAR T-cell therapy more than triples the expected length of remission for multiple myeloma patients who have relapsed several times, according to an international clinical trial with UT Southwestern as the lead enrolling site.