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Salk Institute Receives Record $30 Million Gift

La Jolla, CA – An anonymous donor has made a $30 million donation to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, providing the largest single gift in the history of the Institute.

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Cell Division Findings Detail Genetic Links to Cancer

La Jolla, CA – Salk Institute scientists have for the first time linked the function of a group of proteins required for DNA duplication and accurate chromosome movement during cell division. The findings may help explain the genetic influences behind some forms of cancer.

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Molecular first steps to adult diabetes found

La Jolla, CA – A Salk Institute study has identified the first molecular steps that can lead to adult diabetes.

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Gene Chip Study Could Lead to New Hybrid Plants

La Jolla, CA – A study led by the Salk Institute and the University of California at Berkeley has found new methods to identify functional genes in the common mustard weed Arabidopsis. This technology may lead to the development of new ways to modify plants to grow faster, produce more food and resist disease.

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Cellular Fat Sensor Slows Heart Disease

La Jolla, CA – A cellular sensor of dietary fats slows the development of lesions that lead to heart disease, a Salk Institute study has found.

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Salk Researchers Ranked in Top 25 of Scientific Citations Worldwide

La Jolla, CA – Two Salk Institute researchers ranked within the top 25 scientists worldwide for their work's influence in any field, according to an organization that monitors the impact of scientific publications.

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Salk Researcher Provides New View on How the Brain Functions

La Jolla, CA – Scientists are developing a new paradigm for how the brain functions. They propose that the brain is not a huge fixed network, as had been previously thought, but a dynamic, changing network that adapts continuously to meet the demands of communication and computational needs.

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Are There "Social Behavior" Genes?

La Jolla, CA – A rare genetic disorder may lead scientists to genes for social behavior, a Salk Institute study has found.

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Gene Therapy Postpones Lou Gehrig's Disease Symptoms

La Jolla, CA – A unique gene therapy method postpones the symptoms and nearly doubles the life span in a mouse animal model of Lou Gehrig's disease, a research team led by the Salk Institute has found.

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Missing Enzyme Found to Lead to Alzheimer?s Disease Symptoms

La Jolla, CA – An enzyme studied by scientists for years can prevent tangles of proteins from forming in the brain's nerve cells – as occurs in patients with age-dependent Alzheimer's disease, according to a study by investigators at the Salk Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School.

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