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Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante Names Dr. Richard Murphy, CEO of The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, to Prop. 71 Oversight Committee

La Jolla, CA – Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante today named Dr. Richard Murphy, chief executive officer of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, to the Independent Citizen's Oversight Committee overseeing the implementation of Proposition 71.

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Salk Institute Scientist Tony Hunter Named to Institute of Medicine

La Jolla, CA – Salk Institute for Biological Studies scientist Tony Hunter has been named a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences, Dr. Richard Murphy, Salk Institute President said today.

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Salk Scientists Unlock Secret of Insulin Release

La Jolla, CA – A Salk Institute research team has made a discovery that provides valuable insight into a complication that is common among organ transplant patients and could eventually lead to new therapies for diabetes.

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Salk Institute's Ronald M. Evans Awarded 2004 Lasker Award For Basic Medical Research

La Jolla, CA – Ronald M. Evans, Ph.D. known for his discoveries of genetic switches that link hormones to gene control, is this year's recipient of the highly prestigious 2004 Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced today.

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Puzzle of "French Paradox" Natural Product Solved

La Jolla, CA – Researchers at the Salk Institute have successfully bioengineered resveratrol synthase from chalcone synthase, a biosynthetic protein enzyme found in all higher plants. Their findings appear in the September issue of Chemistry & Biology.

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Marathoning Mice Could Have Olympian Effects on Obesity

La Jolla, CA – A molecular switch known to regulate fat metabolism appears to prevent obesity and turns laboratory mice into marathon runners, a Salk Institute study has found.

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Francis Harry Compton Crick 1916-2004

La Jolla, CA – Francis Harry Compton Crick, co-discoverer of the double helical genetic blueprint of life known commonly as DNA, died yesterday. He was 88 years old and a resident of La Jolla, Calif.

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Inflammation's Trigger Finger

La Jolla, CA – A molecule found in nearly all cells plays a vital role in kick-starting the production of key biological molecules involved in inflammation, a group of Salk Institute scientists has discovered. The finding, published in the June 25 issue of Science, may lead to new strategies for blocking the devastating inflammation that lies at the heart of autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis, arthritis, lupus as well as some cancers.

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New Findings Reopen Debate About Adult Stem Cell Plasticity

La Jolla, CA – Adult stem cells in the brain can change their destiny and become blood vessel cells instead of nerve cells, a Salk Institute study has found.

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The Romeros to Headline Aug. 21 Symphony at Salk

La Jolla, CA – Known as the 'Royal Family of the Guitar,' the Del Mar-based Romeros will perform at the ninth annual Symphony at Salk, a benefit for the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (www.salk.edu) scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 21.

Tours of the Salk Institute start at 5 p.m., box suppers will be served beginning at 6 p.m., and a concert featuring the Romeros and the San Diego Symphony, conducted by Edwin Outwater, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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