University of California, San Francisco

Digging deeper into cancer

What a pathologist looks for in a Pap test sample, but hopes not to find, are oddly shaped cells with abnormally large nuclei. The same is true for prostate and lung cancer biopsies. In fact, most cancer ...

Nov 18, 2013
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Big data, tailored care

What looks like an old-school phone book is gripped by UCSF neuroscientist Pierre-Antoine Gourraud, PhD, MPH. But he soon sets the record straight: the thick packet he is holding is actually the medical file ...

Nov 18, 2013
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The fabric of disease

If biology is destiny, then the slightest change in a gene's DNA can become an agent of destiny. About 99.9 percent of the DNA "letters," or chemical bases, that make up genes are identical in everyone. But ...

Nov 18, 2013
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The gene machine

Scientists have discovered that the human body contains more than 25,000 genes, but what they do remains mostly a mystery. "We don't know the function of the vast majority of genes," says Nevan Krogan, PhD, ...

Nov 18, 2013
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It's all about networking

Which would you choose if you were diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer? You could receive a standard chemo regimen, followed three months later by an MRI scan to determine the treatment's success. Or, ...

Nov 18, 2013
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