Inside Stanford Medicine View web version
May 7, 2018
Vol. 10, No. 9
Stanford researchers map intricacies of lung cancer in one of their own

Stanford researchers map intricacies of lung cancer in one of their own

When James Spudich was diagnosed with lung cancer, researchers had a rare, and unexpected, opportunity to study healthy and diseased human tissue at an unprecedented level of detail.

 
 
Scientists find fear, courage switches in brain
 

Scientists find fear, courage switches in brain

Pinpoint stimulation of a cluster of nerve cells in the brains of mice encouraged timid responses to a perceived threat, whereas stimulation of an adjacent cluster induced boldness and courage.

 
CRISPR used to genetically edit coral
 

CRISPR used to genetically edit coral

In a proof-of-principle study, Stanford scientists and their colleagues used the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system to modify genes in coral, suggesting that the tool could one day aid conservation efforts.

 
Scientists find possible autism biomarker in cerebrospinal fluid
 

Scientists find possible autism biomarker in cerebrospinal fluid

In the fluid around the brain, low levels of a hormone called vasopressin are linked to low social ability in monkeys and to autism in children, Stanford scientists have found.

 
Scientists pin key differences in young, older people’s immune cells on environment
 

Scientists pin key differences in young, older people’s immune cells on environment

Stanford scientists, focusing on chemical adjuncts affixed to DNA-associated proteins, found that these markings become more diverse with age.

 
Scientist develops protein mimic to help injured lungs breathe
 

Scientist develops protein mimic to help injured lungs breathe

The material could be used to synthesize a film that coats the inner surface of lungs, possibly leading to better, cheaper treatments for acute lung injury in humans.

 
SLAC, Stanford open facility for cryogenic electron microscopy

SLAC, Stanford open facility for cryogenic electron microscopy

The new facility, led by two School of Medicine researchers, provides advanced tools for exploring tiny biological machines, from viral particles to the interior of the cell.

 

  

  

Of note

A roundup of recent honors and awards. In this issue, read about Benedict Anchang, Catherine Blish, Daniel Herschlag, Xue Yuan and others.


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