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Fighting Malaria With Light

Aug 16, 2016

Malaria is one of the deadliest infectious diseases worldwide, and threatens to worsen as the parasites that cause the illness are becoming resistant to current treatments. Paul Sigala, Ph.D., USTAR assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Utah, is developing an unusual strategy to ...

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Backed by Computer Power, Scientists Are Finding the Causes of Mysterious Diseases

Aug 9, 2016

Some diseases are so rare and unusual that doctors have never seen anything like it. An excruciating journey for both families and doctors, figuring out what’s wrong can take years, if an answer is ever found at all. Using a computer tool developed by Aaron Quinlan, Ph.D., he and his team recently...

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Why Am I Sick? With This Tool, Doctors Could Know At a Glance

Jun 2, 2016

All too often an answer to the simple question of “what is making me sick?” does not come easily. Current methods for figuring out what viruses or bacteria are causing infection come with the risk of being too slow, or failing to find the culprit altogether. Taxonomer is a genomics-based ...

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Drug Treatment Prevents Polyps In High-Risk Cancer Patients

Apr 19, 2016

A randomized clinical trail led by Huntsman Cancer Institute investigators finds that a combinatorial chemotherapy reduces precancerous polyps by 75 percent in patients at high-risk for cancer. This advance represents the first prevention therapy against the leading cause of death, cancer of the ...

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Invaders in Our DNA: Ancient Viruses Help Fight Today’s Infections

Mar 3, 2016

It may be unsettling to realize, but roughly eight percent of our DNA is viral in origin, meaning it came from infections our ancestors battled long ago. New research published in the journal Science by University of Utah geneticists Cédric Feschotte, PhD, Nels Elde, PhD, and Edward Chuong, PhD, ...

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A Different Way of Thinking About How Pancreatic Cancer Starts

Jul 13, 2015

Cancer is thought to typically start from an accumulation of harmful genetic mutations that cause cells to break from their routine and divide uncontrollably. Charlie Murtaugh, Ph.D. published a study in the journal eLife showing that sometimes an accumulation of mutations is not enough. He and ...

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A Prosthetic Hand that Moves & Feels

Feb 9, 2015

Greg Clark, PhD, associate professor of bioengineering at the University of Utah is working with a team to develop a prosthetic hand that amputees can move with their thoughts, and that allows them to feel sensation. He talks about what will be capable with the new technology, how it works, and the ...

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