1. DNA Sequencing of Cancer: What Have We Learned So Far?

    So much as science is an art, it is really an art of seeing and hearing nature in its most minute form in any setting, big or small. Sometimes nature gives us clues in the many meticulous observations noted by scientists. Other times, the absence of any expected phenomenon can be just as enlightening to the researcher.
  2. Local Ebola Research Efforts

    Reports of Ebola had appeared to recede in the last few weeks; however the news of Dr. Martin Salia’s death in the US on Monday was a reminder that the fatal disease is very much still a threat to the entire world. President Barack Obama met with Congress on Tuesday to request $6.18 billion in order to fund research to fight the Ebola virus. In total there have been 10 patients treated for Ebola in the US to date, with 2 ending in death. This shows that when caught early and given the correct treatment, there is a good chance of recovery but increased funding is still crucial in order to contain the disease nationally and internationally.
  3. Common Hand Wash Chemical Triclosan Linked to Cancer

    A new long-term study carried out by researchers at UC San Diego has revealed that an antimicrobial agent commonly found in soaps is linked to liver disease and cancer in mice. Hand soap, which has recently received bad press for its link to the rising issue of anti-bacterial resistance, is once again being fired upon for its link to liver...
  4. Gene Trek: Clinical Impacts of Next Generation Sequencing

    Next generations sequencing (NGS) has expanded beyond research applications to deliver clinically actionable information that can effectively guide therapeutic decision-making. Cancer researchers today seek to translate the immense volume of genomic data to clinical applications [1].
  5. Gene Trek: The Next Generation Sequencing of Cancer

    What usually comes to mind when we think about DNA is this thin strand of molecules with which the granite framework of life is clothed, but it is the main event to us. The story of DNA naturally appeals to the imagination; decades of research crack open an ages old code giving us the ability to regulate genetic disorders and destabilize tumor cells is a rare opportunity, to say the least. What has added to the level of wonder are new insights that are revealing, for the first time, exactly how drug resistance develops in targeted therapies, the signaling pathways involved in gene regulation, and other fundamental insights that shed light into the pathogenesis of cancer.
  6. Aethlon's Dialyzer Removes Majority of Ebola from Blood

    Concern of spreading Ebola has been the hot topic in recent news. Latest reports on the disease involve the death of Dr. Martin Salia on Nov 17th 2014, a surgeon who contracted the virus whilst living in Sierra Leone, and who was flown to Nebraska to be treated.
  7. Bottoms Up: Water Diagnostics and Testing Today

    Bottoms Up: Water Diagnostics and Testing Today
    Water Resources San Diego makes no bones about its most precious commodity - the sun! But what does it actually take to make this arid, Mediterranean-like place able to support so many? Well, it takes sun AND water. San Diego's faucets feed one of the highest per-capita water consumption rates in the nation, serving 1.3 million residents, 33 million visitors...
  8. Isis Plans to Commercialize Own Drugs

    Isis Pharmaceuticals, a Carlsbad-based company pioneering in antisense drug discovery, announced they will offer $425 million of convertible senior notes due in 2021. The biotech company, which has several drugs in the development pipeline, has always focused on the research and early development stage before recruiting a marketing partner.
  9. Genomic Sequencing for Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy

    In 2012, 8.2 million people died of cancer – an estimated 14.6% of all deaths worldwide. The number of cancer diagnoses globally is projected to increase 57% (approximately 8 million new cases) between now and 2030, influenced in part by an aging population. That same year, in 2012, the World Health Organization announced cancer had officially replaced heart disease as the primary cause of death in many developed and developing countries worldwide (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs297/en/). This fact is fueling increased demand for research and public health campaigns to fight cancer both here at home and abroad. This article probes the discoveries leading up to the invention of whole-genome sequencing used widely today.
  10. Arcturus Therapeutics Relocates

    Arcturus is a leading RNA therapeutics company specializing in the treatment of rare diseases, based in San Diego, California. Beginning as a startup company only last year, they occupied a 1,500 square feet space in Torrey Pines Mesa, but following a rapid expansion from 2 to 13 employees, they recently made the decision to relocate to a 10,000 square feet...

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