Stories by Robin Heffler:
Fundraising with the Internet crowd
After the financial crash of 2008, Leonard Hyman developed a strong interest in economics. He decided to combine that with his longtime affinity for politics by pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree.
Researchers strive to grasp leukemia’s development
Keck School of Medicine of USC scientists have discovered that a protein commonly over-expressed in solid cancerous cells – one previously found to enable breast, prostate and other tumors to grow and resist treatment – also is over-expressed in multiple types of leukemia and can be successfully targeted to block the disease.
Protein’s role in genetic repair revealed
Examining basic cellular processes, USC researchers have discovered how an anti-tumor protein plays an important role in activating the process of repairing damaged DNA and a direct role in maintaining chromosomal stability.
New elements discovered in process of regenerating a damaged liver
Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have identified cells that can initiate healing of a damaged liver, which promises to help physicians better understand and find treatments for acute liver disease and liver failure.
Study produces new findings on autism and GI dysfunction
A researcher at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has published a study highlighting the importance of physicians listening to parental reports of gastrointestinal (GI) problems in their autistic children and screening these children for gastrointestinal dysfunction (GID).
Signaling Process Linked to Obesity and Cancer
Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have discovered that a signaling process between a hormone receptor produced by the brain and a hormone produced by fat tissue is a characteristic feature of a variety of tumor-initiating stem cells, providing a key link between obesity and the development of cancer.
Epigenetic Control of Infection-Fighting Blood Cells Discovered
Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have discovered how a particular enzyme results in modifications to DNA proteins playing an important role in the development of B cells, the white blood cells that produce antibodies to fight infectious diseases, and in the regulation of gene transcription, or copying.
USC Researchers Discover Key Aspect In Gene Activation
Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have discovered key processes by which estrogen, the female sex hormone, activates genes in breast cancer cells. A greater understanding of how this occurs is expected to eventually lead to new treatments for the disease.
Genetic Basis for Aggressive Breast Cancer Identified
Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, together with other scientists, have identified the location of a genetic risk factor for a type of breast cancer that disproportionately affects women of African descent and carries a worse prognosis than other forms of the disease.
Scientists Study Advancement of Myeloma
Research at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, conducted with other scientists, has shown that a cellular-signaling mechanism spurs the advancement of multiple myeloma, a bone-marrow cancer accounting for 10 percent of all blood-borne malignancies, and also makes the disease resistant to drugs.
Genetic Mutation Causing Excessive Hair Growth Is Discovered
Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, together with scientists in Beijing, China, have discovered a chromosomal mutation responsible for a rare condition in which people grow excess hair all over their bodies.
Researchers discover a key part of the puzzle in body’s response to viruses
Findings could lead to ways to stoke the body’s immune response.
Nature Versus Nurture
Using a newly applied scientific technique, researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have reached surprising findings about the role of nature versus nurture in the development of the neural circuits in the auditory cortex, the area of the brain responsible for processing information about sound.