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March 6, 2014
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Berkeley Lab Startup Wants to Know How Damaged Your DNA Is

Exogen can check the DNA health not only of an individual but that of an entire region, thus answering questions on the impact of environmental events. Currently if a scientist or doctor wanted to measure the level of a person’s … Continue reading

July 20, 2013
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Berkeley Lab Confirms Thirdhand Smoke Causes DNA Damage

A study led by researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found for the first time that thirdhand smoke—the noxious residue that clings to virtually all surfaces long after the secondhand smoke from a cigarette has cleared out—causes significant genetic … Continue reading

January 22, 2013
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Study Explains Skin’s Response to UVA Light

Researchers have strengthened their understanding of how skin cells called melanocytes sense ultraviolet light and act to protect themselves with melanin. In a new study, they report experiments showing that an ion channel well-known elsewhere in the body for its … Continue reading

June 21, 2012
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UCLA Scientists Discover How Key Enzyme Involved in Aging, Cancer Assembles

UCLA biochemists have mapped the structure of a key protein–RNA complex that is required for the assembly of telomerase, an enzyme important in both cancer and aging. The researchers found that a region at the end of the p65 protein … Continue reading

April 19, 2012
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Low Quality Genes May Cause Mutational Meltdown

Deficiencies compound over time, researchers say Evolutionary biologists at the University of Toronto have found that individuals with low-quality genes may produce offspring with even more inferior chromosomes, possibly leading to the extinction of certain species over generations. Their study, … Continue reading

February 19, 2012
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Radiation Generates Cancer Stem Cells From Less Aggressive Breast Cancer Cells

Breast cancer stem cells, thought to be the sole source of tumor recurrence, are known to be resistant to radiation therapy and don’t respond well to chemotherapy. Now, researchers with the UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive … Continue reading

January 21, 2012
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Tiny Amounts of Alcohol Dramatically Extend A Worm’s Life, But Why?

Minuscule amounts of ethanol, the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages, can more than double the life span of a tiny worm known as Caenorhabditis elegans, which is used frequently as a model in aging studies, UCLA biochemists report. … Continue reading

January 19, 2012
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Solving The Mystery of An Old Drug That May Reduce Cancer Risk

In 2005, news first broke that researchers in Scotland found unexpectedly low rates of cancer among diabetics taking metformin, a drug commonly prescribed to patients with Type II diabetes. Many follow-up studies reported similar findings, some suggesting as much as … Continue reading