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Sep 21 2015 | Stanford Report
Researchers stripped a virus of its infectious machinery and turned its benign core into a delivery vehicle that can target sick cells while leaving healthy tissue alone. By Tom Abate Stanford researchers have ripped the guts out of a virus and totally redesigned its core to repurpose its...
Sep 10 2015 | Stanford Report
Stanford scientists produced a common cancer drug – previously only available from an endangered plant – in a common laboratory plant. This work could lead to a more stable supply of the drug and allow scientists to manipulate that drug to make it even safer and more effective.
Sep 1 2015
Lingyin Li, whose work focuses on the immune system’s innate ability to fight cancer, joins Stanford as assistant professor in the department of biochemistry and as a fellow of Stanford ChEM-H
Aug 13 2015 | Stanford Report
It typically takes a year to produce hydrocodone from plants, but Christina Smolke, a Stanford ChEM-H fellow, and colleagues have genetically modified yeast to make it in just a few days. The technique could improve access to medicines in impoverished nations, and later be used to develop...
Aug 3 2015 | Stanford Report
Formaldehyde is excellent for preserving cellular structures, but it makes it difficult to pull genetic information from tissue samples. Eric Kool and colleagues including a ChEM-H fellow have developed a catalyst that saves RNA, which could lead to better patient outcomes. By Bjorn Carey A...
Jun 5 2015 | Stanford Report
Carolyn Bertozzi sees chemicals as having personalities and those personalities determine how they behave. She's bringing this vision to her teaching, hoping to help chemistry and biology students as well as the general public understand what's exciting in chemistry. By Amy Adams   To Carolyn...
Researchers have figured out how to create spheres of neuronal cells resembling the cerebral cortex, making functional human brain tissue available for the first time to study neuropsychiatric diseases such as autism and schizophrenia.
Feb 19 2015 | Stanford Report
Stanford ChEM-H scientists are helping to develop a novel cancer therapy based on a new finding of a protein that inadvertently promotes cancer growth. Blocking this protein could help block the growth of many types of tumors.
Jan 26 2015 | Stanford Report
By selectively manipulating how DNA issues biological commands, Stanford bioengineers have developed a tool that could prove useful in future gene therapies.
Dec 12 2014
Scientists from Stanford ChEM-H attended a joint workshop with the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research at their campus in Cambridge, MA as a way of exploring potential research collaborations.
The discovery of a new mechanism of DNA damage could offer new insights into cancer and neurodegenerative disease, and also reveals a surprising role for messenger RNA, the molecule that forms the genetic transcript.
Nov 17 2014 | Stanford Report
A new computer model could identify unknown chemical mechanisms that could improve energy production and storage, or the development of new medicines.
The retinoblastoma protein inhibits cancer by controlling cell division. Now, researchers have shown that it also binds to and inhibits genes necessary for pluripotency — a defining characteristic of stem cells.
Nov 3 2014 | Stanford Report
An invention called a time capsule is a tiny chemistry lab designed to take a fingerprint of contamination and also disclose when it occurred.
Oct 10 2014 | Stanford Report
During its recent meeting, the university's Board of Trustees visited the new Anderson Collection at Stanford University, gave preliminary approval to two new campus buildings and gave final approval to three construction projects, including new residences for undergraduates and for first-year...
Oct 8 2014 | Stanford Report
The Nobel Prize-winning microscopy techniques developed in part by Stanford's W.E. Moerner have allowed scientists to visualize precise molecular mechanisms inside living cells, opening new windows to how life can be studied.
Sep 22 2014 | Stanford Report
Experimental therapy stopped the metastasis of breast and ovarian cancers in lab mice, pointing toward a safe and effective alternative to chemotherapy.
William Weis, PhD, an expert on X-ray crystallography, will now chair a department that includes two Nobel laureates.
Researchers have discovered that a compound they developed could potentially serve as a painkiller, with particular utility for East Asians with an alcohol-metabolizing enzyme mutation.
Aug 25 2014 | Stanford Report
A decade-long effort in genetic engineering is close to creating yeast that makes palliative medicines in stainless steel vats.

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