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Even Yeast Mothers Sacrifice All for Their Babies

November 08, 2012 A mother’s willingness to sacrifice her own health and safety for the sake of her children is a common narrative across cultures — and by no means unique to humans alone. Now an unexpected discovery at UCSF shows that even yeast “mothers” do it, giving all to their offspring — even at the cost of their own lives.

UCSF Biochemist Wins Prestigious Prize

December 22, 2011 Peter Walter, PhD, a professor in the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department within the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco has been awarded the 2012 Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize for his “outstanding research achievements in the field of cell biology.”

UCSF Research Shows How the Bite of a Small Texas Snake Causes Extreme Pain

November 16, 2011 Examining venom from a variety of poisonous snakes, a group of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco has discovered why the bite of one small black, yellow and red serpent called the Texas coral snake can be so painful.

Malaria Discovery Gives Hope for New Drugs and Vaccines

August 30, 2011 An investigation into the mysterious inner workings of the malaria parasite has revealed that it survives and proliferates in the human bloodstream thanks in part to a single, crucial chemical that the parasite produces internally.

What Steers Vampires to Blood

August 03, 2011 Scientists have known for years that when vampire bats tear through an animal’s skin with their razor-sharp teeth, their noses guide them to the best spots – where a precise bite will strike a vein and spill forth nourishing blood. But nobody knew exactly how bats knew where to bite – until now.

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.

UCSF Finds New Bee Viruses, Offers Baseline to Study Colony Collapse

June 07, 2011 A 10-month study of healthy honey bees by UCSF scientists has identified four new viruses that infect bees, while revealing that each of the viruses or bacteria previously linked to colony collapse is present in healthy hives as well.

Men's and Women's Immune Systems Respond Differently to PTSD

April 26, 2011 Men and women had starkly different immune system responses to chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, with men showing no response and women showing a strong response, in two studies by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

Study Finds Link Between Chronic Depression and Accelerated Immune Cell Aging

April 05, 2011 Certain cases of major depression are associated with premature aging of immune cells, which may make people more susceptible to other serious illness, according to findings from a new UCSF-led study.

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.

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 researchers identify a molecular link between thymic tumors and autoimmunity

February 26, 2010 UCSF researchers have identified a molecular mechanism that explains why patients with tumors of the thymus, or thymoma, often develop autoimmune disorders.

UCSF researchers identify regulator of human sperm cells

February 03, 2010 UCSF researchers have identified an elusive molecular regulator that controls the ability of human sperm to reach and fertilize the egg, a finding that has implications on both treating male infertility and preventing pregnancy.

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.