Stanford team cracks key immune protein's crystal structure, separating its yin from its yang - Scope

Cracking the crystal structure of a protein complex centered around a major immune signaling protein, interferon-gamma, may speed its medical use.


Women scientists inhibited by funding methods that favor men, researchers say - Scope

Women in science could be losing ground because of research funding review methods that favor men, two Stanford researchers say.

Jackson Liang Receives Weintraub Graduate Student Award

Recent MCP graduate Jackson Liang (O'Brien Lab) received the prestigious Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award. One of 13 national winners chosen for outstanding research achievement, Dr. Liang uncovered a new feedback mechanism that ensures homeostatic control of stem cell divisions during turnover of epithelial organs. Dr. Liang presented his work at a scientific symposium in honor of the late Hal Weintraub at Seattle's Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center in May.

Physics Professor Steven Chu selected as AAAS president-elect

Steven Chu, a professor of physics at Stanford University and the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has been chosen as the president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an international nonprofit organization with a mission to “advance science, engineering and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.”

3-D Protein Structure Offers Insight into Rapid Communication by Brain Cells

New research reveals how three proteins help brain cells synchronize the release of chemical signals. A similar interaction may play a role in how cells secrete insulin and airway mucus, too.

The Goldilocks effect: Dying cells signal to replacements to keep organ size “just right”

The size of organs like our hearts, stomachs, and lungs are predetermined during development. But how does this happen? The cells that make up these organs have limited lifespans. How do our bodies ensure that, as old cells die off and new cells take their places, our organs don’t grow abnormally large or shrink away?