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Richard A. Murphy Appointed President and CEO of The Salk Institute

La Jolla, CA – Richard A. Murphy, director of the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), has been named president and chief executive officer of The Salk Institute, effective October 1.

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Humanized Mouse To Become Basic Tool To Test Drug-Drug Interactions

La Jolla, CA – A genetically engineered mouse, equipped with a human gene that senses potentially toxic substances in the body, including drugs, has been created by scientists at The Salk Institute.

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Cancer "Survival" Structure Deciphered By Salk Scientists

La Jolla, CA – It's a molecule that endows cancer cells with their pernicious ability to persevere.

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Chromosome Copying: Salk Scientists Identify Unique Mechanism

La Jolla, CA – Before the moment of conception, living organisms experience another distinct birth – the creation of healthy eggs and sperm. Salk scientists recently obtained a peek at how genetic material is copied during the process, called meiosis, that produces these sex cells.

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First Genes To Control Cortex Identity Discovered By Salk Scientists

La Jolla, CA – Salk Institute neuroscientists have obtained the first evidence that specific genes control how the cortex forms functional units during development. The cortex is the most recently evolved part of the mammalian brain and, in humans, governs abstract reasoning and symbolic thought.

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Single Gene Deficiency Makes Mice "Neurotic"

La Jolla, CA – Mice are not usually noted for their stalwart natures, but a new Salk Institute study shows that the loss of a single gene can render them especially anxious. The resulting "neurotic" mice approach new situations tentatively and appear to experience stress more acutely than normal mice.

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We Live In The Past, Salk Scientists Discover

La Jolla, CA – If you think you?re living in the past, you're right – and science can tell you just how far behind the times you are. According to a new Salk study, it's at least 80 milliseconds, just slightly longer than the blink of an eye.

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Potential Male Contraceptive Target Discovered by Salk Scientists

La Jolla, CA – The first gene to control male fertility without affecting sexual behavior or physical appearance has been identified by Salk researchers. The study, appearing in the current Nature Genetics, demonstrates that a certain genetic mutation eliminates sperm development in male mice. It has no effect on females.

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Plant "DWARF" Gene Found By Salk Scientists

La Jolla, CA – Manicuring golf courses and the ritual mowing of suburban lawns may soon be relegated to history with the discovery of a new "dwarf" gene that limits plant stem length.

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HIV Movement Visualized by Salk Scientists

La Jolla, CA – A new technique developed by Salk scientists allows the first glimpse of HIV inside a living cell and shows how the virus advances toward its ultimate target, the nucleus.

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