Science Market Update

UCLA Researchers: New Evidence for Novel Method of Cancer Metastasis

Posted by Greg Paul on Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Researchers from UCLA and partnering schools guided by Laurent Bentolila found evidence supporting the spread of malignant cells through angiotropism with vascular co-option, and even suggested they may be related or identical processes.  These findings were published in Nature Scientific Reports. With angiotropism being the ability for cells to travel along surface of blood vessels, but not be inside of them, also called extravascular migratory metastasis (EVMM) and vascular co-option being the ability for a tumor to use a blood supply and travel along it, this means cancer has an outlet to spread outside of the bloodstream.  The spread outside of the bloodstream means some current methods of treating cancer would be ineffective.

“... if the metastasizing cells are on the outside of the blood vessels, they escape exposure to the treatment and continue to spread cancer.”

-Laurent A. Bentolila

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Tags: CA, University of California Los Angeles, cancer research, Los Angeles, Cancer, LAVS, UCLA, laboratory, lab products, 2016

USC Receives $12M to Study Genetic Variants in Breast Cancer

Posted by Laura Braden on Thu, Aug 11, 2016

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lives, making it the second most common cancer for American women. However, breast cancer does not affect all women equally. Past studies have shown that women of African descent with breast cancer die at a higher rate than white women. Researchers at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine have received a grant of $12 million from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study the disparities in breast cancer in women.

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Tags: CA, University of Southern California, breast cancer research, California, USC, BioResearch Product Faire Event, NIH grant, cancer research funding, 2016

Biomedical Research and Medical Building News at UCSD

Posted by BCI Staff on Wed, Jul 20, 2016

Updated building status review:

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Tags: CA, Southwest, San Diego, SDVS, UC San Diego, new construction, Biotechnology Vendor Showcase Event, 2016

UCI Receives Prestigious Lab Designation for Infectious Disease Research

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Jul 18, 2016

With the rise of infectious diseases, like the Zika virus and Ebola virus, research centered on these diseases has risen in importance over the last few years. The University of California, Irvine has become a leader in infectious disease research thanks to a prestigious designation by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The high-containment biosafety level 3 training laboratory (BSL-3) at UC Irvine was recently designated as a National Biosafety & Biocontainment Training Center, making it the third such center in the United States.

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Tags: CA, University of California Irvine, infectious diseases, UCI, UC Irvine, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire, Western, Biosafety Training Center

UCLA Life Science: Biochemists Convert Glucose Without the Help of Cells

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Jul 11, 2016

A team of biochemists at UCLA have created a novel system of converting glucose into highly useful chemical compounds, such as those needed to create biofuels and pharmaceuticals. Previous research endeavors relied on using cells to convert sugar into desired compounds. This has been difficult to achieve because cells would rather use sugar for their own natural uses, such as building proteins and cell walls. The UCLA biochemists have recently developed a way to achieve the conversion of glucose into desired compounds- without using cells.

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Tags: CA, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Biochemistry, chemistry research, Chemistry, LAVS, UCLA, Biotechnology Vendor Showcase, 2016, Western, glucose

$8M Granted to Irvine Researchers for Q Fever Vaccine

Posted by Laura Braden on Fri, May 27, 2016


Q fever, an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Coxiella burnetii, is common among livestock such as cattle, sheep and goats. The bacteria can be transmitted to humans through the inhalation of barnyard dust that is contaminated with animal excretion containing the bacteria. Along with passing from livestock to humans, Q fever has been aerosolized in the past and used for biological warfare.

(Image Courtest of Wikimedia Commons and the National Institutes of Health)

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Tags: CA, vaccine research, infectious diseases, NIH funding, UCI, UC Irvine, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire, Western, Coxiella burnetii, Q Fever

Researchers Invited to Attend UC Davis Medical Life Science Event

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Thu, May 12, 2016

(Original article from 2013 by Jennifer Niuwkerk. Updated information added by Jennifer Winstead.)

Are you a researcher, lab manager, post-doc or purchasing agent interested in networking with colleagues and learning about the latest lab equipment and services on the market at the Universtity of California, Davis Medical Center?

UPDATE: If so, make sure you don’t miss Biotechnology Calendar, Inc.’s Sacramento BioResearch Product Faire™ Event on June 7, 2016. Lab supply companies are eager to meet researchers at this event and discuss with you your research goals. If you are facing problems in the lab, the sales reps at our UC Davis Medical Center show may be able to recommend viable life science solutions.

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Tags: CA, Southwest, California, UCDMC, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Sacramento, UC Davis - Medical Center, researcher invite, life science events, meet researchers, 2016

Total UC Davis Regenerative Medicine Funding Reaches $130 Million

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, May 10, 2016

The University of California, Davis Medical Center is one of the highest funded research institutions in California. The university recently received two new grants from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), totaling $3.2 million, which will be used to support two research projects focusing on treating cancer and other diseases.   

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Tags: CA, University of California Davis Medical Center, Southwest, UCDMC, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Sacramento, CIRM, new funding, UC Davis, 2016, California Institutes of Regenerative Medicine

UCSF Receives $185M Donation for New Neuroscience Research Institute

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, May 02, 2016

The University of California, San Francisco is one of the most well-funded research institutions in the country, comprised of hundreds of life scientists conducting cutting-edge research who continuously publish important research results. Thanks to a generous donation, the university will be expanding its research space over the next few years.  

(Image courtesy of Payton Chung via Wikimedia Commons)

Sandy and Joan Weill have recently announced a donation of $185 million to UCSF to create a new neuroscience institute on the UCSF Mission Bay campus, called the Weill Institute for Neurosciences. The institute will be housed in a soon-to-be-built $316 million facility, providing 270,000 square feet for research and outpatient services where medical practitioners and researchers can collaborate on projects.

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Tags: CA, Southwest, Neuroscience, SFVS, Biotechnology Vendor Showcase, UCSF, new Building, new funding, UC San Francisco Parnassus, funding news, 2016, Weill Institute for Neurosciences, Sandy and Joan Weill

UCSF Researchers Find Zika Virus Linked to Microcephaly

Posted by Katheryn Rein on Thu, Apr 28, 2016

A link between the Zika virus and microcephaly has finally been proven by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, ending the pervasive question sparked earlier this year.

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Tags: CA, University of California San Francisco, California, SFVS, Stem Cell, UCSF, virus, Neurons, pregnancy, microcephaly, zika

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