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Oct. 10, 2016
Vol. 8, No. 18
Girl's deadly arrhythmia linked to mosaic of mutant cells

Girl's deadly arrhythmia linked to mosaic of mutant cells

Researchers have solved the mystery of an infant with severe long QT syndrome, found to be caused by a lethal genetic defect in only 8 percent of her cells.

 
 
Zika infection causes developing cranial cells to secrete neurotoxic levels of immune molecules
 

Zika infection causes developing cranial cells to secrete neurotoxic levels of immune molecules

New research shows that cranial neural crest cells can be infected by the Zika virus, causing them to secrete high levels of cytokines that can affect neurons in the developing brain.

 
Prions can pass on beneficial traits, study finds
 

Prions can pass on beneficial traits, study finds

Researchers have found nearly 50 helpful prions in yeast and comparable proteins in humans, suggesting that this dreaded protein type can boost survival and plays a role in evolution.

 
First-year bioscience students welcomed as ‘new partners in discovery’
 

First-year bioscience students welcomed as ‘new partners in discovery’

Chosen from a pool of 1,959 applicants, the 122 new Stanford graduate students in the biosciences have begun classes.

 
Community advisory board a new resource for Stanford researchers
 

Community advisory board a new resource for Stanford researchers

The Community Advisory Board for Clinical Research is made up of Bay Area residents who can provide insights and advice to investigators on recruiting study participants from a broad range of ethnicities, cultures, ages and economic backgrounds.

 
Air-bag helmet could reduce impact of head in bike crashes
 

Air-bag helmet could reduce impact of head in bike crashes

Drop tests from as high as 2 meters show that an air-bag helmet may reduce impact by as much as sixfold compared to traditional bike helmets.

 
Gene could help explain insulin resistance
 

Gene could help explain insulin resistance

Shutting off a gene implicated in insulin resistance leads to damaged mitochondria and decreased exercise capacity in mice.

 
A conversation from space with astronaut, Stanford alumna

A conversation from space with astronaut, Stanford alumna

At a Stanford Medicine event Sept. 29, audience members spoke with Kate Rubins, who was aboard the International Space Station.

 

  

  

Of note

A roundup of recent honors and awards. In this issue, read about Lawrence Chu, Carla Shatz and others.


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