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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: UCI, 2016, University of California Irvine, BioResearch Product Faire, CA, UC Irvine, Western, infectious diseases, 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: 2016, UCLA, LAVS, CA, Los Angeles, Biotechnology Vendor Showcase, Western, Biochemistry, chemistry research, glucose, Chemistry, University of California Los Angeles

Construction of New $160M Cancer Research Building Underway at OHSU

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Jun 27, 2016

(Image courtesy of Cacophony via Wikimedia Commons)

The Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health and Science University, a world-leader in cancer research, recently accomplished raising $1 billion in funding to help support the groundbreaking life science research being conducted at the center.

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Tags: 2016, OHSU, Oregon Health and Science University, OR, Portland, Western, BioResearch Product Faire, new research building, Knight Cancer Institute, cancer research, Northwest

Fred Hutch Researchers Identify Biology-Based Treatment for Lung Cancer

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Jun 20, 2016

Small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) makes up about 10 - 15% of all lung cancer diagnoses, and is caused by smoking and inhaling second-hand smoke. This is an aggressive type of cancer that spreads quickly, and recurs extremely frequently after patients undergo chemotherapy treatments. Treatments for SCLC have not changed much in the past 30 years, but a team of researchers led by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle has been investigating potential new therapy methods for the cancer and recently uncovered a gene that has the potential to be used in biology-based treatments for SCLC. (Image courtesy of Lindsay Fox via Wikimedia Commons and EcigaretteReviewed)

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Tags: 2016, Hutch, Fred Hutch, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, BioResearch Product Faire, cancer research, small-cell lung cancer, SCLC, Western, L-Myc

$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

CU Anschutz Researchers Find Hormones From Breast Milk Contribute to Babies Gut Health

Posted by Laura Braden on Fri, May 13, 2016

It is well known that infants rely on their mothers for food and nutrients in their early years. However, the effect that the hormones in this food have on an infant's development has not previously been known. Recent research conducted at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Center has shown that hormones in human breast milk contribute to the health of the feeding infant. (Image by Voiceboks via Wikimedia Commons)

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Tags: University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, CO, Fitz, Aurora, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire, Western, gut bacteria, Gammaproteobacteria, Breast milk

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