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UCLA scientists produce functioning neurons from human embryonic stem cells

... Researchers previously had been able to produce neurons - the impulse-conducting cells in the brain and spinal cord - from human embryonic stem cells. However, the percentage of neurons in the cell culture was not high and the neurons were difficult to isolate from the other...

UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute partners with Abraxis BioScience

... Abraxis BioScience will collaborate with the institute and its team of leading researchers to capitalize on the recent explosion in nanoscience and to chart the future of nanotechnology within biotechnology. Abraxis has agreed to contribute $10 million over 10 years to fund collaborative projects at UCLAs new CNSI building. The...

UCLA study links air pollution to clogged arteries

... ... When you add one plus one, it normally totals two...

UCLA researchers show that culture influences brain cells

... ... The answer is yes, repor...

UCLA researchers discover novel pathway that may promote immune system balance

... ... The big picture message in this study is the finding of a new cellular pathway that operates to restr...

UCLA researchers reprogram normal tissue cells into embryonic stem cells

... The work, done in mouse models, appears in the inaugural June 7, 2007 issue of Cell Stem Cell, published by Cell Press. UCLA researchers, working closely with stem cell scientists at Harvard, took mouse fibroblasts, cells that develop into connective tissue, and added four transcription factors that bind to s...

Plants that produce more vitamin C may result from UCLA-Dartmouth discovery

... "If we can find ways to enhance the activity of this enzyme, it may be possible to engineer plants to make more vitamin C and produce better crops," said Steven Clarke, UCLA professor of chemistry and biochemistry, director of UCLA's Molecular Biology Institute and co-author of the research study, to be published a...

UCLA molecular biologists convert protein sequences into classical music

... ... "We assigned a chord to each amino acid," said Rie Takahashi, a UCLA research...

UCLA researchers discover link between Parkinson's and narcolepsy

... Now a team of UCLA and Veterans Affairs researchers think they know why the two disorders share something in common: Parkinson's disease patients have severe damage to the same small group of neurons whose loss causes narcolepsy. The findings s...

UCLA AIDS Institute researchers find a peptide that encourages HIV infection

... ... "Although it may seem counterintuitive to value or even study a peptide that increases the ability of HIV-1 to enter a broad range of human...

US control strategies may make flu epidemics worse, UCLA study shows

... ... In a report to be published in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS Computat...

US control strategies may make flu epidemics worse, UCLA study shows

... ... In a report to be published in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS Computat...

UCLA/Toronto researchers unlock key to memory storage in brain

... "Making a memory is not a conscious act," explained Alcino Silva, principal investigator and a professor of neurobiology and psychiatry at the David Geffen School o...

UCLA identifies new molecule involved in the body's processing of dietary fat

... ... ... Digested fats travel to the small...

Ewwwww! UCLA anthropologist studies evolution's disgusting side

... ... Across a series of subtle and ingenious s...

UCLA scientists design masks to hide genetic mutations from cell

... The laboratory findings suggest a powerful new a...

UCLA study uncovers clues for why Graves' disease attacks the eyes

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UCLA scientists garner 7 grants to fund leading-edge embryonic stem cell research

... The seven UCLA grants total more than $4 million over two years.... ... The Ca...

UCLA and NYU microbiologists crack genome of a parasite that causes a common STD

... ... Led by Patricia Johnson, a UCLA professor of microbiology in the department of microbiology, immun...

UCLA researchers unravel a mystery about DNA

... The discoveries, which inform our understanding of the structure and mechanics of RNAP -- an enzyme responsible for making RNA from a DNA or RNA template -...

UCLA engineers develop revolutionary nanotech water desalination membrane

... ... The new membrane, developed by civil and environmental engine...

Early family experience can reverse the effects of genes, UCLA psychologists report

... Among children from supportive, nurturing families, those with the short form of the serotonin transporter gene (known as 5-HTTLPR) had a significantly reduced risk for depression, found the UCLA team, under the direction of Shelley E. Taylor, UCLA distinguished professor of psychology and an expert in the field of stress and health. The research team also found that among children from emo...

UCLA neuroscience research leads to a possible treatment for type 1 diabetes

... "It's the only thing so far that really slows this disease down without adverse side effects," Allan J. Tobin, a UCLA professor emeritus of physiological science and neurology, said about the new drug. "The amazing thi...

UCLA study uncovers new risk factor for schizophrenia

... HLA-B is one of a family of genes called the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) complex, which helps the immune system distinguish the body's own proteins from those made by foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria...

UCLA/LSU study details nutritional value of salad

... ... Published in the September edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the study also suggests that each serving of salad consumed correlates with a 165 percent higher likelihood of meeting re...

UCLA chemists' study of protein may provide insights into heart disease and cancer

... Carla Koehler, a UCLA associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Steven Claypool, a UCLA postdoctoral scholar in chemistry and biochemistry, report in the current issue of the Journal of Cell Biology about the "tafazzin" protein, which plays a key role in Barth syndrome. This rare condition afflicts boys and damages the heart, immune system and mitochondria. If not diagnosed, b...

UCLA researchers transform stem cells found in human fat into smooth muscle cells

... Reported in the July 24 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study is one of the first to show that...

UCLA scientists strengthen case for life more than 3.8 billion years ago

Ten years ago, an international team of scientists reported evidence, in a controversial cover story in the journal Nature, that life on Earth began more than 3.8 billion years ago--400 million years earlier than previously thought. A UCLA professor who was not part of that team and two of the original authors will report in late July that the evidence is stronger than ever.... Craig E. Manning,...

UCLA researchers discover new disorder that causes chronic diarrhea in children

UCLA researchers have unraveled a mysterious condition that causes congenital diarrhea and intestinal failure in children. ... ... ... Patients with this condition have an abnormally low number of endocrine cells in their intestine and also eventually develop type I diabetes...

UCLA study finds same genes act differently in males and females

Scientists may have revealed the origin of the battle of the sexes in our genes. ... ... "We previously had no good understanding of why the sexes vary in their relationship to different diseases," explained Xia Yang, Ph.D., fir...

UCLA researchers develop T-cells from human embryonic stem cells

... ... The study, to be published the week of July 3 in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that it is possible to convert human embryonic stem cells into blood-forming stem cells that in turn can differentiate into the helper T-cells that HIV specifically t...

UCLA biomathematician earns prestigious peer award

Dr. Marc Suchard, assistant professor of biomathematics and human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and his former graduate student, Dr. Benjamin Redelings, have won the 2006 Mitchell Prize. The award recognizes an outstanding research paper that applies a statistical approach called Bayesian analysis to solve an important scientific dilemma....... Bayesian statisticians ca...

State agency funds stem cell grants, UCLA institute gets largest amount

The state agency overseeing the stem cell research mandated by the passage of Proposition 71 has partially funded a series of grants awarded last September, officials from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) announced today....... In all, 16 non-profit institutions in California received $12.1 million to train the next generation of stem cell researchers in the first grants...

UCLA scientists find male gene in brain area targeted by Parkinson's

UCLA scientists have discovered that a sex gene responsible for making embryos male and forming the testes is also produced by the brain region targeted by Parkinson's disease. Published in the Feb. 21 edition of Current Biology, the new research may explain why more men than women develop the degenerative disorder, which afflicts roughly 1 million Americans.... ..."Men are 1.5 times more likely...

UCLA engineering and Mattel Children's Hospital collaborate to develop children's heart valve

Children with congenital heart defects may soon have an alternative to invasive open heart surgery that will mean less time in the hospital, a quicker recovery and no need to break open the breastbone, thanks to a new collaboration between researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and pediatric cardiologists at Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA.... ...Using...

UCLA biochemistry professor Sabeeha Merchant wins prestigious research award

Sabeeha Merchant, UCLA professor of biochemistry, will be honored with a major award from the prestigious National Academy of Sciences at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 23, during the academy's annual meeting. She will receive the Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal, awarded only once every three years, for her exceptional scientific research, which is providing insights into the complex machine...

UCLA scientists uncover mechanism of response to targeted therapy

UCLA researchers knew - based on two clinical trials - that a subset of kidney cancer patients responded well to an experimental targeted therapy, but they didn't know why. If they could determine the mechanism behind the response, they would be able to predict which patients would respond and personalize their treatment accordingly....... Extrapolating from the clinical responses, Jonsson Cancer...

UCLA researchers observe how the immune system recognizes and responds to cancer

Using positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center were able to observe - in real time - how the immune system initially recognizes cancer and mobilizes to fight the disease.... ... The UCLA study is expected to lead to new ways to test immune-based therapies for cancer and other immune system-related diseases and to monitor human response to cancer trea...

UCLA discovery will aid in treatment of patients with a deadly brain cancer

Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer have identified key characteristics in certain deadly brain tumors that make them 51 times more likely to respond to a specific class of drugs than tumors in which the molecular signature is absent. ...... The discovery of the telltale molecular signature the expression of a mutant protein and the presence of a tumor suppressor protein called PTEN will allow...

Reflecting on personal values offers protection from effects of stress, UCLA psychologists report

Reflecting on meaningful values provides biological and psychological protection from the adverse effects of stress, UCLA psychologists report in the November issue of the journal Psychological Science. ......"Our study shows that reflection on personal values can buffer people from the effects of stress, but the implications are broader than that," said Shelley E. Taylor, UCLA distinguished prof...
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