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Important discoveries create cures for both humans and animals.

2022: Carolyn Bertozzi, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, shared with Morten Meldal University of Copenhagen, and
K. Barry Sharpless Scripps Research

2013: Thomas Südhof, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, shared with James Rothman of Yale University and Randy Schekman of UC Berkeley

For their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells

2006: Andrew Fire, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, shared with Craig Mello of the University of Massachusetts Medical School

For recognizing that certain RNA molecules can be used to turn off specific genes in animal cells.

Stanford Discoveries

Mar 18, 2024 Stanford School of Medicine News

Weight loss caused by common diabetes drug tied to “anti-hunger” molecule in study

A Stanford Medicine study found that metformin, a commonly prescribed diabetes drug associated with moderate weight loss, stimulates production of lac-phe, a molecule abundant after exercise.

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Jonathan Long co-discovered lac-phe, known as the "anti-hunger" molecule.

February 21, 2024 - Stanford News

A new RNA editing tool could enhance cancer treatment

The new study found that an RNA-targeting CRISPR platform could tune immune cell metabolism without permanent genetic changes, potentially unveiling a relatively low-risk way to upgrade existing cell therapies for cancer.

Image credit:  Gerardo Sotillo

February 15, 2024 - Stanford Medicine Scope

Not all about neurons:  A new avenue for treating neurodegeneration, injury.

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February 1, 2024 - Stanford Medicine News Center

Stanford Medicine-led study shows why women are at greater risk of autoimmune disease.

Research throws light on the mystery of why women are much more prone to autoimmune disorders: A molecule made by one X chromosome in every female cell can generate antibodies to a woman’s own tissues.

Image credit:  Emily Moskal

Updated March 22, 2024