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Some ‘Inert’ Drug Ingredients May Be Biologically Active

Some supposedly inert ingredients in common drugs — such as dyes and preservatives — may potentially be biologically active and could lead to unanticipated side effects, according to a preliminary new study by researchers from the UCSF and the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.

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‘Wasabi Receptor’ Reveals Its Eye-Watering Secrets

UCSF researchers have now determined how the TRPA1 molecule manages to sense such a diverse variety of dangerous chemicals – and do so with enough sensitivity to let you flee before suffering too much tissue damage.

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The Promise and Uncertainties of Antibody Testing for Coronavirus

As people around the world try to envision recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, much attention has been paid to antibody testing as a way to identify people who have developed immunity to the virus. UCSF experts explain how antibody testing works, who it can be most useful for and why we should be cautious.

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