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Ron Evans One on One with Ron Evans

Ronald M. Evans, holder of the March of Dimes Chair at Salk, is best known for discovering a family of receptors found on the nucleus of cells, an advance that’s helping to explain the complex molecular systems that are the basis of human physiology.
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Terry Sejnowski and Barrack Obama Neuroscientist Terry Sejnowski attends White House announcement of collaborative BRAIN Initiative

This past April, President Obama launched the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. One of the initiative’s scientific leaders is the Salk’s own Terry Sejnowski, who joined the president for the official announcement at the White House.
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Francis Crick Salk Institute honored with historic gift from family of the late Francis Crick

Michael Crick, the son of the late Nobel laureate and Salk faculty member, Francis Crick, has generously donated to the Institute half of the proceeds from the sale of a 1953 letter in which the elder Crick describes to his young son his recent discovery of the structure of DNA.
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Next Generation

Dinorah “Dino” Friedmann-Morvinski Putting the “super” in super-mom!

Dinorah “Dino” Friedmann-Morvinski is a telenovelawatching,
cake-baking mother of three who also happens to be working
on a cure for brain cancer.
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Discovery Roundup

Recycling Cellular Fuel How the brain keeps track of similar but distinct memories

The process of tak ing complex
memories and converting them into representations
that are less easily confused is known as
pattern separation.
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Parkinson’s disease Sunshine hormone, vitamin D, may offer hope for treating liver fibrosis

By reprogramming skin cells from Parkinson's disease patients with a known genetic mutation, Salk researchers have identified damage to neural stem cells as a powerful player in the disease.
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Discovery Roundup

DNA during cell division Diabetes drug could hold promise for lung cancer patients

Over the past decade, growing evidence that cancer and metabolism are connected has emerged from a number of laboratories, including that of Reuben Shaw.
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Salk Institute Protein preps cells to survive stress of cancer
growth and chemotherapy

A team of scientists in the lab of Beverly M. Emerson
has uncovered a survival mechanism that occurs in breast cells that
have just turned premalignant—cells on the cusp between normalcy and
cancers—which may lead to new methods of stopping tumors.
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