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GENE ACTIVATION - Borrowing glow-in-the-dark chemistry from fireflies, Stanford scientists have developed a technique enabling them to observe gene activation as it occurs in a living mammal. The research was reported in the October issue of Photochemistry and Photobiology by Christopher Contag, assistant professor of pediatrics and director of bioluminescence research, and six collaborators associated with the Department of Pediatrics.

ELDERLY PANIC - The phenomenon of panic disorder in older patients is being studied at Stanford with a $600,000 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. Javaid Sheikh, associate professor of psychiatry and founding director of the geriatric psychiatry program at Stanford, said he will focus on the use of selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) as treatment in hope of building a scientific foundation for the largely informal observations reported to date for these elderly patients.

BIOCOMPUTATION - A center that will enable researchers to apply complex computing skills to the practice of medicine, including virtual reality technology, has been funded under a $500,000, five-year grant to the medical school by the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field. Stephen Schendel, professor and chair of functional restoration, will direct the center, which remains unnamed.

AGRP (agouti-related protein) has been identified by researchers from Stanford and from the University of Michigan as a prime target of future drugs to fight obesity. The finding was reported in the Oct. 3 issue of Science by senior author Gregory Barsh, associate professor of pediatrics and of genetics.

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