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2010-03-30 13:06:00

Public invited to tour Chihuly at the Salk, featuring dramatically colorful sculpture set against national architectural landmark; Lecture and book signing also scheduled LA JOLLA, Calif., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The bold iconic laboratory buildings of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies will receive a dramatic jolt of colorful artwork April 22-27 when the Institute kicks off its 50th anniversary celebration with Chihuly at the Salk -- an outdoor installation by artist Dale...

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2010-03-25 08:37:23

Cellular grown-ups outperform stem cells in cardiac repair Bony fish like the tiny zebrafish have a remarkable ability that mammals can only dream of: if you lop off a chunk of their heart they swim sluggishly for a few days but within a month appear perfectly normal. How they accomplish this "” or, more importantly, why we can't "” is one of the significant questions in regenerative medicine today. In a paper published in the March 25, 2010 issue of Nature, researchers working at...

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2010-02-04 14:46:48

Nuclear pore complexes are best known as the communication channels that regulate the passage of all molecules to and from a cell's nucleus. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, however, have shown that some of the pores' constituent proteins, called nucleoporins, pull double duty as transcription factors regulating the activity of genes active during early development. This is the first time nucleoporins' gene regulatory function has been demonstrated in multicellular...

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2010-01-21 11:29:46

A viral infection is like an uninvited, tenacious houseguest in the cell, using a range of tricks to prevent its eviction. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified one of the key proteins allowing herpes simplex virus (HSV) DNA to fly under the radar of their hosts' involuntary hospitality. Their findings, to be published in a forthcoming issue of The EMBO Journal, reveal one of the tactics that HSV employs in order to overcome its hosts' defenses and may...

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2010-01-14 08:58:57

We all have at one time or another experienced the typical signs of an infection: the fever, the listlessness, the lack of appetite. They are orchestrated by the brain in response to circulating cytokines, the signaling molecules of the immune system. But just how cytokines' reach extends beyond the almost impenetrable blood-brain barrier has been the topic of much dispute. In their latest study, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies describe how, depending on the nature of...

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2009-12-28 09:25:00

Like a spotlight that illuminates an otherwise dark scene, attention brings to mind specific details of our environment while shutting others out. A new study by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies shows that the superior colliculus, a brain structure that primarily had been known for its role in the control of eye and head movements, is crucial for moving the mind's spotlight. Their findings, published in the Dec. 20, 2009, issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience, add...

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2009-12-22 11:25:00

Investigators identify host factors that help multiple influenza strains thrive and could be targeted for new antivirals Investigators at Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Burnham), Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Mount Sinai), the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (Salk) and the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF) have identified 295 human cell factors that influenza A strains must harness to infect a cell, including the currently circulating swine-origin...

2009-12-03 12:53:00

LA JOLLA, Calif., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Board of Trustees of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies unanimously voted to elect three new members during its Nov. 13 meeting in La Jolla. Fred Dotzler is co-founder and Managing Director of De Novo Ventures in Palo Alto, Calif. De Novo is investing $650 million from three funds in early stage medical device and biotechnology companies. Dotzler founded Medicus Venture Partners in 1989. He has invested in four companies that...

2009-11-04 07:56:00

CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- GenVault Corporation (Carlsbad, CA) today announces that William Brody, M.D., Ph.D., has joined its Board of Directors. Dr. Brody, the Irwin Jacobs Presidential Chair of the Salk Institute, is an acclaimed physician-scientist and university leader. Prior to joining the Salk Institute, Dr. Brody served as president of The Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, and is renowned...

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2009-11-03 09:22:27

The search for the holy grail of regenerative medicine"”the ability to "grow back" a perfect body part when one is lost to injury or disease"”has been under way for years, yet the steps involved in this seemingly magic process are still poorly understood. Now researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified an essential cellular pathway in zebrafish that paves the way for limb regeneration by unlocking gene expression patterns last seen during embryonic...


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