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Researchers ID Cancer Gene-Drug Combinatios Ripe for Precision Medicine 7/25/16
Researchers ID Cancer Gene-Drug Combinatios Ripe for Precision Medicine
In an effort to expand the number of cancer gene mutations that can be specifically targeted with personalized therapies, researchers at University of California San Diego looked for combinations of mutated genes and drugs that together kill cancer cells. Such combinations are expected to kill cancer cells, which have mutations, but not healthy cells, which do not. The study, published July 21 in Molecular Cell, uncovered 172 new combinations that could form the basis for future cancer therapies.
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UC San Diego Inventions Gain $6-Million Venture-Capital Backing 7/25/16
UC San Diego Inventions Gain $6-Million Venture-Capital Backing
“MouthSense” and “SmartFoam,” two new inventions by engineers in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego, have attracted funding from NextWave Venture Partners, a venture-capital firm specializing in the commercialization of early-stage technologies.
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UC San Diego Introduces Hybrid Biological Data Science Specialization 7/22/16
UC San Diego Introduces Hybrid Biological Data Science Specialization
For students who recognize how the world of Big Data is already revolutionizing the fields of biology and medicine, the University of California San Diego is introducing a new program that combines online and classroom education. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is introducing Biological Data Science, a 10-course, accelerated Master’s degree program.
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Computer scientists find way to make all that glitters more realistic in computer graphics 7/21/16
Computer scientists find way to make all that glitters more realistic in computer graphics
Iron Man’s suit. Captain America’s shield. The Batmobile. These all could look a lot more realistic thanks to a new algorithm developed by a team of U.S. computer graphics experts. The researchers, led by Professor Ravi Ramamoorthi at the University of California San Diego, have created a method to improve how computer graphics software reproduces the way light interacts with extremely small details, called glints, on the surface of a wide range of materials, including metallic car paints, metal finishes for electronics and injection-molded plastic finishes. 
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Synthetic Biology used to limit bacterial growth and coordinate drug release 7/20/16
Synthetic Biology used to limit bacterial growth and coordinate drug release
Researchers at the University of California San Diego and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a strategy for using synthetic biology in therapeutics. The approach enables continual production and release of drugs at disease sites in mice while simultaneously limiting the size, over time, of the populations of bacteria engineered to produce the drugs. 
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7/19/16
Wellcome Trust Picks Up Support of NIH-developed LIPID MAPS Website/Database
Our understanding of the role of lipids in the development of diseases such as heart disease and dementia is about to get a boost as a UK-led consortium receives a £1.3 million grant to host the world’s largest curated lipid database and associated resources. The new grant, awarded by the Wellcome Trust, will allow Cardiff University’s Systems Immunity Research Institute, the Babraham Institute, Cambridge, and the University of California San Diego to continue the important work of identifying and analysing lipids – the molecules our bodies use to regulate normal processes such as blood clotting, fighting infection and development. 
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Remembering Stanford 'Sol' Penner, a founding engineering professor at UC San Diego 7/19/16
Remembering Stanford 'Sol' Penner, a founding engineering professor at UC San Diego
Professor Emeritus Stanford S. “Sol” Penner, one of the founders and creators of the engineering program at the University of California San Diego, passed away on July 15, 2016 at his home in La Jolla, Calif. He was 95 years old.
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Dreaming Big at the 5G Wireless Forum and Connected Health Workshop 7/19/16
Dreaming Big at the 5G Wireless Forum and Connected Health Workshop
 “To me, 5G is really our first opportunity for a network not defined by numbers, but built for experiences that we have not seen before -- not just good audio or video experiences, but life-changing experiences, similar to what the Internet provided when it first arrived,” says Electrical Engineering Professor Sujit Dey, Director of the Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of California San Diego and the organizer of the CWC’s 5G Wireless Forum, which was held recently at UC San Diego.
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