Discovery of new biomarker in blood could lead to early test for Alzheimer's disease
Discovery of new biomarker in blood could lead to early test for Alzheimer's disease Mar 31, 2020 UC San Diego researchers discovered that high blood levels of RNA produced by the PHGDH gene could serve as a biomarker for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. The work could lead to the development of a blood test to identify individuals who will develop the disease years before they show symptoms.

UC San Diego Engineers and Doctors Team Up to Retrofit and Build Ventilators with 3D-Printing
UC San Diego Engineers and Doctors Team Up to Retrofit and Build Ventilators with 3D-Printing Mar 26, 2020 Even as university campuses close across the nation in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, a team of engineers and physicians at the University of California San Diego is rapidly developing simple, ready-to-use ventilators to be deployed if the need arises.The project kick-started several weeks ago when news started to trickle in that communities in Northern Italy with widespread COVID-19 were in dire straits.“One of the biggest things we heard was that there weren’t enough ventilators to treat all of the patients coming into the hospitals,” said James Friend, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Surgery at UC San Diego. “It’s clear that if we’re not careful, we might end up in the same situation.”

Making cell modeling more realistic
Making cell modeling more realistic Mar 17, 2020 UC San Diego researchers have developed a computational tool that makes modeling and simulation of complex cellular processes more true to life. The tool, dubbed GAMer 2, simplifies the process of using realistic cell geometries in mathematical models.

Undergraduate students bring Intranet to rural Ghanaian school
Undergraduate students bring Intranet to rural Ghanaian school Mar 16, 2020 A team of undergraduates, who are part of the Global Ties program at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, developed a self-sustaining and scalable computer server and intranet system. The system will allow teachers at the Semanhyiya American School (SAS) in the rural village of Senase, Ghana, to download Internet pages and educational materials that students can access anytime at school—even when there is no Internet. 

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