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Genetic signal prevents immune cells from turning against the body

LA JOLLA–When faced with pathogens, the immune system summons a swarm of cells made up of soldiers and peacekeepers. The peacekeeping cells tell the soldier cells to halt fighting when invaders are cleared. Without this cease-fire signal, the soldiers, known as killer T cells, continue their frenzied attack and turn on the body, causing inflammation and autoimmune disorders such as allergies, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes.

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Single gene controls jet lag

LA JOLLA–Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified a gene that regulates sleep and wake rhythms.

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Stephen F. Heinemann, pioneering Salk neuroscientist, dies at 75

Stephen F. Heinemann, whose pioneering research on neurotransmitter receptors in the brain helped lay the groundwork for understanding diseases of the brain, died August 6 of complications of kidney failure at Vibra Hospital in San Diego, California. He was 75.

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"Glee" star Matthew Morrison headlines Symphony at Salk, August 23

LA JOLLA–Tickets are on sale now for the Salk Institute’s 19th Annual Symphony at Salk, one of the summer’s premiere events, taking place on Saturday, August 23. The annual musical affair features the highly regarded San Diego Symphony along with Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe-nominated star Matthew Morrison.

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Salk researcher Tony Hunter to receive 2014 Royal Medal in biological sciences

LA JOLLA–Salk Institute professor Tony Hunter has been awarded the 2014 Royal Medal for biological sciences by the Royal Society, a fellowship of some of the world’s most eminent scientists based in the United Kingdom.

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Salk scientists uncover new clues to repairing an injured spinal cord

LA JOLLA—Frogs, dogs, whales, snails can all do it, but humans and primates can't. Regrow nerves after an injury, that is—while many animals have this ability, humans don't. But new research from the Salk Institute suggests that a small molecule may be able to convince damaged nerves to grow and effectively rewire circuits. Such a feat could eventually lead to therapies for the thousands of Americans with severe spinal cord injuries and paralysis.

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Analysis of African plant reveals possible treatment for aging brain

LA JOLLA—For hundreds of years, healers in São Tomé e Príncipe—an island off the western coast of Africa—have prescribed cata-manginga leaves and bark to their patients. These pickings from the Voacanga africana tree are said to decrease inflammation and ease the symptoms of mental disorders.

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Memory relies on astrocytes, the brain's lesser known cells

LA JOLLA—When you're expecting something—like the meal you've ordered at a restaurant—or when or when something captures your interest, unique electrical rhythms sweep through your brain.

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New gene discovered that stops the spread of deadly cancer

LA JOLLA—Scientists at the Salk Institute have identified a gene responsible for stopping the movement of cancer from the lungs to other parts of the body, indicating a new way to fight one of the world's deadliest cancers.

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One injection stops diabetes in its tracks

LA JOLLA—In mice with diet-induced diabetes—the equivalent of type 2 diabetes in humans—a single injection of the protein FGF1 is enough to restore blood sugar levels to a healthy range for more than two days. The discovery by Salk scientists, published today in the journal Nature, could lead to a new generation of safer, more effective diabetes drugs.

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