Closing in on poppy-free opioid production
A decade-long effort in genetic engineering is close to creating yeast that makes opioid-based medicines in stainless steel vats.
Medical students start their journey
After a camping trip, orientation and ceremony in which they received stethoscopes and white coats, the new medical students are ready to hit the books.
New potential painkiller
Researchers have discovered that a compound they developed could potentially serve as a painkiller, with particular utility for East Asians with an alcohol-metabolizing enzyme mutation.
Gene expression in humans, flies, worms
A multi-institutional effort to identify how genes are regulated among humans, flies and worms has identified significant similarities and differences among the organisms.
Measuring glaucoma-related eye pressure
A tiny eye implant developed at Stanford could pair with a smartphone to improve the way doctors measure and lower a glaucoma patient’s eye pressure.
Brain stimulation for stroke recovery
Optogenetically stimulating mice’s brains five days after stroke improved the animals’ motor control and brain biochemistry.
Brain reorganizes itself as children memorize facts
As children shift from counting on their fingers to remembering math facts, the hippocampus and its functional circuits support the brain’s construction of adultlike ways of using memory.
Rethinking Alzheimer’s disease
Scientists at the School of Medicine are at the forefront of research into how Alzheimer’s disease develops, with an eye on finding better ways to predict and treat the illness.
Ethics of genetic matchmaking
Set in the near future, 'The Perfect 46' documents the rise, and fall, of a fictional genome-matching service. A panel of experts weighed in after a recent screening at Stanford.
Building nanoscale protein motors
A bioengineering team has built molecular motors to further the study of cell function.