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The promise of precision medicine could radically transform the existing health care model by collecting, integrating and analyzing comprehensive data across basic research and massive patient cohorts.
Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes and UCSF have made an important breakthrough: they have discovered a way to transform skin cells into mature, fully functioning liver cells that flourish.
UCSF stem cell scientist Mark Anderson, MD, PhD, won a $1.2 million award for coming up with a novel idea to prevent transplanted organs from being rejected.
UCSF scientist Valerie Weaver, PhD, received a $1.2 million award from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for research that explores the transformation of stem cells into specialized cell types.
Geneticists from Ohio, California and Japan used stem cells to correct a defective “ring chromosome” with a normal chromosome. Such therapy has the promise to correct chromosome abnormalities that give rise to birth defects, mental disabilities and growth limitations.
Researchers have developed a new way to study bone disorders and bone growth, using stem cells from patients afflicted with a rare, genetic bone disease.
In a finding that directly contradicts the standard biological model of animal cell communication, UCSF scientists have discovered that typical cells in animals have the ability to transmit and receive biological signals by making physical contact with each other, even at long distance.