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New method enhances biofuel production

Marine algae.

Researchers have developed a method to genetically engineer a key growth component in marine algae to enhance its biofuel production.

Individual genome sequencing will become part of any treatment

Dr. Scott Lippman

Imagine trying to treat pneumonia with insulin. Pretty quickly, you’d decide that pneumonia is hard to treat or insulin isn’t much of a drug. Neither conclusion would be true, of course. Pneumonia is effectively treated with antibiotics. Biosynthetic insulin saves the lives of millions of diabetics daily.

Working Toward the Cure in La Jolla: Past, present and future of breast cancer under the microscope

Dr. Anne Wallace discusses the latest findings on breast cancer at a Nov. 6 luncheon honoring health pioneer Dr. Doris Howell. Ashley Mackin

At a recent luncheon honoring Dr. Doris Howell of La Jolla (founder of the Doris Howell Foundation for women’s health) fellow wellbeing advocate Dr. Anne Wallace gave a presentation on the past, present and future of breast cancer. Director of the Breast Care Unit and Professor of Clinical Surgery at UC San Diego, Dr. Wallace opened with the point “this field is changing really rapidly.”

Ann Romney to speak at benefit for medical research

Ann Romney

Ann Romney will be the keynote speaker at the “Visions of Success – From Research to Reality,” High Tea, 2-4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 at the Grand Del Mar.

Sport-fishing boat in La Jolla Cove tags bass for sustainability study

Tagging regulars Chris Smith and Howard Hada.  Photos by Will Smith

On three occasions in late October, the Seaforth sport fishing boat, Sea Watch, was spotted by astonished swimmers, divers, kayakers and shore onlookers as its crew fished in the marine reserve that surrounds La Jolla Cove, where for the past 40 years fishing has not been allowed.

Women’s health pioneer and ‘Mother’ of hospice is honored in La Jolla

Dr. Doris Howell

Dr. Doris Howell, founder of the Howell Foundation and the creator of hospice care in San Diego, was honored at a luncheon at the La Jolla Country Club, Nov. 6, in advance of her 90th birthday on Dec. 2.

Research Report: Most detailed picture yet of key AIDS protein

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Three topics in this column: 1) Efforts to create an effective HIV vaccine have been stymied by the virus’s envelope protein. 2) Monoclonal antibodies offer new HIV control approach. 3) Economic boost of basic research

J. Craig Venter discusses new book, readies for namesake research institute opening in La Jolla

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“I argue that we should have 10 times the pace of discovery.” — Geneticist and author J. Craig Venter

50 San Diego Residents take the Plunge for Brain Cancer

Over the Edge for Brain Cancer is a two-day event in which participants or “edgers” commit to a fundraising minimum in exchange for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rappel down the tallest building on the San Diego skyline, the Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place.

FRONTLINE CANCER: Athena Breast Health Program sets a standard

Dr. Scott Lippman

In my previous columns, I’ve talked about the promise of using genetics to personalize cancer treatments, prevention and early detection. But there is much more to cancer than genetics.

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