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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.

UCSF launches resources on how to prevent toxic exposures in the environment

January 13, 2010 UCSF has launched online and print resources designed to help consumers make smarter decisions about substances that can harm general and reproductive health. A new brochure and web page include specific tips on reducing exposure to metals and synthetic chemicals in everyday life-- at home, at work, and in the community-- and provide links to other sources with more detailed information.

UCSF Researchers Are Mapping DNA from 100,000 People for Unique Kaiser Database

January 12, 2010 UCSF and Kaiser team up to beef up a powerful resource for use in identifying risks for disease and factors that promote healthy aging.

Periodic paralysis study reveals gene causing disorder

January 07, 2010 Scientists have identified a gene underlying a disease that causes temporary paralysis of skeletal muscle. The finding, they say, illustrates how investigations of rare genetic diseases can drive insights into more common ones.

Study Explores Disease Concepts in Amazonian Tribal Culture

December 15, 2009 A UCSF researcher takes a novel approach to understanding how indigenous healers diagnose and treat disease, and finds many similarities to Western medical concepts.