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UCSF and Kaiser Permanente Complete Massive Genotyping Project

July 21, 2011 The completion of a massive genotyping on a large and diverse population marks an unprecedented milestone in population-based genetics research and offers a unique and powerful resource to help answer research questions about aging, health and disease.

UCSF Team Describes Genetic Basis of Rare Human Diseases

July 08, 2011 Researchers at UCSF and in Michigan, North Carolina and Spain have discovered how genetic mutations cause a number of rare human diseases, which include Meckel syndrome, Joubert syndrome and several other disorders.

Study Debunks Autism as a Primarily Genetic Disorder

July 05, 2011 A rigorous study of nearly 400 twins has shown that environmental factors have been underestimated, and genetics overestimated, for their roles in autism-spectrum disorders.

Exercise May Prevent Impact of Stress on Telomeres, A Measure of Cell Health

April 04, 2011 UCSF scientists are reporting several studies showing that psychological stress leads to shorter telomeres – the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are a measure of cell age and, thus, health. The findings also suggest that exercise may prevent this damage.

UCSF Team Shows How to Make Skinny Worms Fat and Fat Worms Skinny

March 23, 2011 Researchers exploring human metabolism at UCSF have uncovered a handful of chemical compounds that regulate fat storage in worms, offering a new tool for understanding obesity and finding future treatments for diseases associated with obesity.

Study Links Increased BPA Exposure to Reduced Egg Quality in Women

December 15, 2010 A small-scale University of California, San Francisco-led study has identified the first evidence in humans that exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) may compromise the quality of a woman’s eggs retrieved for in vitro fertilization (IVF).

UCSF Team Develops "Logic Gates" to Program Bacteria as Computers

December 08, 2010 A team of UCSF researchers has engineered E. coli with the key molecular circuitry that will enable genetic engineers to program cells to communicate and perform computations.

UCSF graduate programs receive top rankings in national survey

September 28, 2010 UCSF research-doctorate programs have ranked among the nation’s best in a survey released today by the National Research Council (NRC).

UCSF Receives $15 Million to Advance Personalized Medicine

September 07, 2010 UCSF scientists will receive two grants totaling $15.1 million over the next five years to expand their research into how genes affect an individual’s response to medication and to strengthen a global network of researchers involved in these efforts.

Mutant mouse reveals potential genetic pathway for alcoholism

August 12, 2010 A mutation found in a mouse gene that also appears in humans might provide new insights into the genetic roots of alcoholism, according to a study led by researchers at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center and UCSF. The study appears in the August 12, 2010, edition of “PLoS Genetics.”

UCSF Gene Therapy Method Allays Parkinson's Symptoms

July 21, 2010 A novel technique created at UCSF to deliver a growth factor directly to brain cells has shown promising results in treating Parkinson's symptoms and could enter human clinical trials as early as next year.

UCSF transgenic mouse mimics Parkinson's earliest symptoms

May 03, 2010 UCSF researchers have created the first transgenic mouse to display the earliest signs of Parkinson’s disease using the genetic mutation that is known to accompany human forms of the disease.

UCSF's Hauser appointed by President Obama to Bioethics Commission

April 08, 2010 Stephen L. Hauser, MD, the Robert A. Fishman Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at UCSF, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Pancreatic cancer study reveals mechanism initiating disease, in mice

March 11, 2010 UCSF scientists have discovered how a mutated gene known as Kras is able to hijack mouse cells damaged by acute pancreatitis, putting them on the path to becoming pancreatic cancer cells.

Gene family found to play key role in early stages of development

January 25, 2010 Scientists have identified a gene family that plays a key role in one of the earliest stages of development in which an embryo distinguishes its left side from the right and determines how organs should be positioned within the body. The finding in mice likely will lead to a better understanding of how certain birth defects occur in humans.

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