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Affinity for Stone: The Public Art of Ruth Asawa

Affinity for Stone: The Public Art of Ruth Asawa

Stone is more than the plaything of geologists. Each of us sees it in special ways. Take a look at stone in two masterworks by San Francisco artist Ruth Asawa.

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Exercise May Protect Against Stress-Related Cellular Aging

Exercise May Protect Against Stress-Related Cellular Aging

New research by Nobel Prize winning UCSF researcher, Elizabeth Blackburn, provides a possible mechanism by which exercise protects against stress-related chromosome aging.

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UCSF Scientists Bio-Hack Bacteria

UCSF Scientists Bio-Hack Bacteria

Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco have hacked into the genetic wiring of billions of individual bacteria and outfitted them with the kind of on/off switches normally found in computer chips, not living organisms.

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When Brains Hit the Gym

When Brains Hit the Gym

The general idea is that by doing a series of basic and repetitive tasks, which get harder over time, you’re actually changing your brain structure. Over time, the manufacturers claim, you can train an old brain to behave like a new one. But many scientists who study aging are skeptical.

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Reporter's Notes: Baby Brain Development

Reporter's Notes: Baby Brain Development

It is well known that strokes can happen in the elderly. But what many people don't know is that babies suffer strokes.

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Reporter's Notes: Predicting Swine Flu

Reporter's Notes: Predicting Swine Flu

The last time we reported on Swine flu, or 2009 H1N1 virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was considering whether or not to invest in a vaccine for the new influenza strain.

Now, after several delays, the first batches of vaccines — first, a nasal spray version, then an injectible vaccine — is due to hit hospitals and clinics across the country.

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Reporter's Notes: Personalized Medicine

Reporter's Notes: Personalized Medicine

You've probably heard about some of the breakthroughs in personal genome sequencing, where companies take a look at your DNA and send back your risk profile. But there's a flip side to all this genetic research that doesn't have to do with risk: personalized medicine.

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Producer's Notes – Born Too Soon: Pre-term Births on the Rise

Producer's Notes – Born Too Soon: Pre-term Births on the Rise

As a result of the QUEST story, my pregnancy became more of a public event than I expected it to be. Naturally, after the boys were born, there were several inquiries as to our well-being. Here’s what happened:

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Reporter's Notes: New Life for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Reporter's Notes: New Life for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Researchers call stem cell technology a "revolution" in medicine, along the lines of the development of antibiotics in the 1940s, or the manufacturing of insulin and other therapies from recombinant DNA breakthroughs.

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Reporter's Notes: The Graying of HIV

Reporter's Notes: The Graying of HIV

Some 30 researchers from the University of California-San Francisco and the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology have come together to investigate why HIV-positive patients, who are now living longer lives thanks to anti-retroviral drugs, seem to be aging faster than their uninfected peers.

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Reporter's Notes: Beyond Alzheimer's

Reporter's Notes: Beyond Alzheimer's

This is the second of two stories born out of an afternoon at UCSF's Memory and Aging Center, where a team of scientists, led by Dr. Bruce Miller, is trying to tease out the differences between as many as 200 dementias that affect aging brains.

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Reporter's Notes: Decoding the Emotional Brain

Reporter's Notes: Decoding the Emotional Brain

Being a neurologist in the era of fMRI scanners must feel like being a kid in a candy shop. What's going in there while we're, say, shopping? How about reading? Watching campaign ads? Now that we have a way to take real-time images of the brain at work, the scientific possibilities are endless. On the […]

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Producer's Notes – Doggie DNA

Producer's Notes – Doggie DNA

There is a lot we don't know about our DNA and how it works. While there seems to be news every week about genetics, scientists are still in the early stages of finding out what effect our genes have on us (check out this post from another QUEST blogger, Dr. Barry Starr). That's what the […]

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