Thursday, October 18

UCLA researchers demonstrated that BPA, a chemical used in many plastics, caused fertility defects in worms that could still be observed five generations later. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Researchers discover correlation between BPA exposure, reproductive dysfunction

UCLA researchers discovered that exposure to some chemicals may cause reproductive defects in future generations of humans. In a study published in May, the researchers in the laboratory of Patrick Allard, an assistant professor in the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, demonstrated that bisphenol A, a chemical used to strengthen many plastics, caused fertility defects in worms that could still be observed five generations after the parent worms were exposed to BPA. Read more...

UCLA researchers demonstrated that BPA, a chemical used in many plastics, caused fertility defects in worms that could still be observed five generations later. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

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UCLA neuroscientists demonstrated a new technique to improve motor function in patients with severe spinal cord injuries. The researchers stimulated the spinal cord with electricity to help paralysis patients regain control over their hands and arms. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)
UCLA neuroscientists demonstrated a new technique to improve motor function in patients with severe spinal cord injuries. The researchers stimulated the spinal cord with electricity to help paralysis patients regain control over their hands and arms. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)

UCLA astronomers in the Galactic Center Group, a research team focused on studying the center of the Milky Way, showed the star S2 is likely a single star, rather than a binary star. (Photo courtesy of UCLA Galactic Center Group)
UCLA astronomers in the Galactic Center Group, a research team focused on studying the center of the Milky Way, showed the star S2 is likely a single star, rather than a binary star. (Photo courtesy of UCLA Galactic Center Group)

UCLA researchers recently developed a method to simultaneously study the strength of thousands of cells, allowing scientists to accelerate the process of drug testing and discovery. Cells are grown on top of X-shaped marks. (Photo courtesy of Ivan Pushkarsky)
UCLA researchers recently developed a method to simultaneously study the strength of thousands of cells, allowing scientists to accelerate the process of drug testing and discovery. Cells are grown on top of X-shaped marks. (Photo courtesy of Ivan Pushkarsky)

UCLA researchers established a way to derive sensory interneurons, which are cells involved in reflexes and relaying sensory information to the brain, from stem cells. (Anthony Ismail/Daily Bruin)

UCLA researchers find a way to repair nerve damage with stem cells

UCLA researchers have developed a way to use stem cells to help potentially rebuild damaged spinal cords. In a study published in January, researchers in the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research established a way to derive sensory interneurons, which are cells involved in reflexes and relaying sensory information to the brain, from stem cells. Read more...

UCLA researchers established a way to derive sensory interneurons, which are cells involved in reflexes and relaying sensory information to the brain, from stem cells. (Anthony Ismail/Daily Bruin)

UCLA researchers used a technique called MicroED to determine the structure of prions, which can become defective in the body and cause diseases such as mad cow disease. (Daily Bruin file photo)

UCLA researchers determine atomic structure of defective prions

UCLA researchers have determined the atomic structure of part of a protein that causes certain neurodegenerative diseases. In a study published earlier in January, researchers in the lab of Jose Rodriguez, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, determined the structure of a segment of prion, a protein that causes diseases such as mad cow disease, when it is defective. Read more...

UCLA researchers used a technique called MicroED to determine the structure of prions, which can become defective in the body and cause diseases such as mad cow disease. (Daily Bruin file photo)