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DISCOVERIES

RESEARCH

AT SALK

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INSIDE SALK

WINTER 2016

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GENETICS

Inmany ways, we are our genes.

At Salk,

we explain the role of genes in everything

fromhow tumors form towhy certain

people are at higher risk for neurological

disorders.

METABOLISM

At Salk, we are working to understand

humanmetabolismandwhat happens

when this biological systembreaks down.

The problem is important

as the burden of

diabetes on society increases.

NEUROSCIENCE

We are entering a new era in neuroscience

where our knowledge of the brain is

beginning tomatch the urgent need to

prevent and treat diseases of the brain.

CANCER

We are rapidly demystifying cancers and

leading the search for the next generation

of targeted cancer therapies.

We see a

future where every cancer and every patient

has a cure.

PLANT BIOLOGY

Tomatch human population growth, world

agricultural productionmust double over

the next quarter century. We study plants

so that humans will have the food, clothing,

energy andmedicines they need now and in

the future.

REGENERATIVE MEDICINE

Many disorders and life-threatening

diseases could be cured by replacing

or fixing dysfunctional cells. We aim to

uncover novel ways to provide new tissues

and cells to the body whileminimizing

organ rejection.

MICROBIOME

We are not alone: The human body is home

to trillions of bacteria. At Salk, we are

exploring how this community of bacteria

helps us stay healthy, and howwemight

help it fight disease.

AGING

Getting older doesn’t have tomean getting

sicker. We are committed to discovering

the fundamental causes of aging and

finding newways to prevent and treat

aging-related diseases.

IMMUNOLOGY

In a world full of dangers, frombacterial

infections to cancer, our immune system is

our fortress. We study the immune system

to boost our ability to fight off numerous

diseases.