Sunday, October 21

Jung Wook Park in the Witte lab, where he conducts experiments on healthy human cells. (Joe Akira/Daily Bruin)

Researchers in molecular genetics lab discover pathway to cancer cell development

UCLA researchers discovered how to transform normal cells into cancer cells, allowing for the development of therapies against aggressive forms of cancer. In a study published Thursday, UCLA researchers in the lab of Owen Witte, professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, discovered how to manipulate the genes in normal prostate and lung cells to turn them into an aggressive form of cancer. Read more...

Jung Wook Park in the Witte lab, where he conducts experiments on healthy human cells. (Joe Akira/Daily Bruin)

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)