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Stem Cell Regulator Could Hold Key to Staving Off Age-related Brain Changes

La Jolla, CA – A brain-specific genetic switch protein known as a receptor has been found to control the fate of adult stem cells in the brain, according to a Salk Institute study.

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Salk Study Uncovers New Information About Organ Placement

La Jolla, CA – A Salk Institute team of biologists, mathematicians, and physicists has uncovered a novel paradigm for cell communication that provides new insights into the complex question of how the body determines where organs are placed.

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Waves of Nerve Cell Activity Create Sharp Vision in the Brain

La Jolla, CA – Nerve cells firing in spontaneous waves create the brain's first sharp visual images during a short but critical phase of development, Salk Institute researchers have found. The study may lead to ways to better treat nerve cell injury and even treatments of diseases that occur in later life, like Parkinson's.

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Salk Institute Receives $7 Million Gift to Establish Neuroscience Center

La Jolla, CA – The Salk Institute has received a $7 million gift to establish a new center that will use computer-based computational biology methods to help unravel the complexities of the brain.

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Salk Researcher named to Institute of Medicine

La Jolla, CA – Ronald Evans, the March of Dimes Chair in Developmental and Cell Biology at the Salk Institute, was named to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Part of the U.S. National Academies, the IOM each year selects members who have made major contributions to furthering human health and advancing science.

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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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