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USC scientists determine how melatonin works
The sleep-promoting hormone melatonin (shown as a constellation in the night sky) is synthesized from serotonin (shown as a kite) during night time. Melatonin then connects to the high-affinity receptors (shown at right). Illustration by Yekaterina Kadyshevsk

Unlocking melatonin’s role in the biological clock may mean more than a good night’s sleep

An international team of scientists — including researchers at USC — have created 3D models of melatonin receptors, opening the door to new drugs for health issues beyond sleep.

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New committee to advise on federal environmental policy
In response to the number of regulatory modifications under consideration at the EPA, the newly created External Environmental Economics Advisory Committee will offer recommendations related to federal environmental policy. (Photo/iStock)

USC economist named to new independent committee focused on U.S. environmental policy

Antonio Bento, professor of public policy and economics at the USC Price School of Public Policy, was named an inaugural member of the executive committee of the new research entity.

Health
CAR T-cell therapy
This colored scanning electron micrograph shows a T cell (red) attached to a cancer cell. CAR T-cell therapy involves harvesting T-cells from a patient, reengineering them in the lab to target a particular kind of cancer, then reinfusing them into the patient. (Image/Steve Gschmeissner, Science Source)

USC-led advance in groundbreaking cancer treatment eliminates severe side effects

Though the study was designed to assess safety, six out of 11 lymphoma patients who received a commonly used dose of the improved CAR T-cell therapy went into complete remission.