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Scientists discover new method for finding therapeutic antibodies

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cientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised a new, rapid technique for finding antibodies. The method uses a sensitive “reporter system” in test cells, which gives off a fluorescent light signal as soon as an antibody succeeds in activating a receptor. The system is also set up so that each test cell produces a unique antibody, whose effect is confined to that cell.

Center for brain activity mapping launched

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Responding to President Barack Obama’s “grand challenge” to chart the function of the human brain in unprecedented detail, UC San Diego has established the Center for Brain Activity Mapping (CBAM). The new center will undertake development of a new generation of tools to enable recording of neuronal activity throughout the brain as well as conduct brain-mapping experiments and data analysis.

Scientists find Asian monsoon getting predictable

For much of Asia, the arrival of the summer rainy season known as the monsoon is important for water and the food security of more than a billion people. Variations in the monsoon cycle, however, can lead to drought and floods. Now a Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), UC San Diego-led study reports that a winter appearance of El Niño in the Pacific Ocean can leave its mark on monsoon formation in the Indian Ocean a full six months later.

Research Report: Seahorse ‘armor’ influences researchers’ robotic design

Studying structures created by nature can lead to new man-made materials. Case in point, researchers at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego are taking clues from seahorse tails in an effort to create a more flexible robotic arm.

Research Report: Wound-healing genes in flies could also aid La Jollans

Drosophila (aka, the common fruit fly)

By Lynne Friedmann Biologists at UC San Diego have identified eight genes — never before suspected of having a role in healing — that spring into action when a wound occurs. The discovery was made in the laboratory fruit fly Drosophila, which serves as an experimental model because many of the genes that regulate a Drosophila’s [...]

Research Report: New Scripps Research vessel honors astronaut Sally Ride

The Sally Ride Research Vessel

A new research vessel will be named R/V Sally Ride, in honor of the former UC San Diego faculty member who was the first American female astronaut and the youngest American to fly in space.

Research Report: Computer scientists create game to teach programming

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Teaching computer science below the college level is difficult, because of few qualified instructors for students in elementary to high school. So, a computer scientist at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego and his graduate students set out to reach students outside of the classroom. The result is CodeSpells; a video game designed to keep children engaged while they cope with the challenges of learning programming.

Scientists in La Jolla debut interactive chemistry textbook

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Industrial chemists working toward new drugs, as well as organic chemistry students, have a unique new resource to guide them through chemical challenges. A trio of scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has created the first fully interactive advanced organic chemistry textbook. A decade in the making, “The Portable Chemist’s Consultant: A Survival Guide for Discovery, Process, and Radiolabeling” is available as an iTunes download (http://bit.ly/13W4aOc). In contrast to traditional print books that have simply been converted to electronic form, this textbook was created from the ground up exclusively for tablets using Apple software.

Mathematical modeling to predict lung cancer spread

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The same sort of mathematical model used to predict which websites people are most apt to visit shows promise in mapping how lung cancer spreads in the human body.

Employing a sophisticated system of mathematical equations known as a Markov chain model, researchers found that metastatic lung cancer does not progress in a single direction from primary tumor site to distant locations, which has been the traditional medical view. Instead, they found that cancer cell movement around the body likely occurs in more than one direction at a time.

Research Report: Mathematical modeling to predict lung cancer spread

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The same sort of mathematical model used to predict which websites people are most apt to visit shows promise in mapping how lung cancer spreads in the human body. Employing a sophisticated system of mathematical equations known as a Markov chain model, researchers found that metastatic lung cancer does not progress in a single direction from primary tumor site to distant locations, which has been the traditional medical view. Instead, they found that cancer cell movement around the body likely occurs in more than one direction at a time.

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