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Discovery Lecture sheds light on properties of motion

Feb. 6, 2014—Ron Vale, Ph.D., co-discoverer of the molecular “motor” kinesin, spent the first 10 minutes of his Flexner Discovery Lecture last week talking not about science, but about science communication.

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UCSF’s Vale set to explore mechanisms of biological motility

Jan. 23, 2014—Ron Vale, Ph.D., Lasker Award winner and co-discoverer of the molecular “motor” kinesin, will give the next Flexner Discovery Lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, in 208 Light Hall.

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Searching for beta cell stimulators

Jan. 13, 2014—Vanderbilt researchers describe a new technique for identifying factors that stimulate the proliferation of pancreatic beta cells – factors that might offer therapeutic options for diabetes.

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Targeting tumor “supply lines”

Dec. 18, 2013—A metabolic enzyme plays a crucial role in vascular development and may be a good target for cancer therapies.

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Manager of mitotic stress

Dec. 13, 2013—The protein CK1 delays cell division to avoid the generation of defects that drive tumorigenesis.

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VU study points to central regulator of neuron development

Dec. 12, 2013—Developmental biologist Chin Chiang, Ph.D., and his colleagues have discovered that Purkinje neurons in the cerebellum act as central regulators of neuronal development.

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Pioneers of Discovery: Investigator explores how cells decide what’s on surface

Dec. 5, 2013—Jason MacGurn, Ph.D., a new assistant professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt, is studying how cells make decisions about the protein composition of the cell surface.

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Therapeutic target for synovial sarcoma

Nov. 21, 2013—Inhibitors of a signaling pathway that is critical to synovial sarcoma tumorigenesis may be useful treatments for this aggressive cancer.

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Defusing ‘C. diff’ infection

Nov. 8, 2013—Clostridium difficile (“C. diff”) infection is a leading cause of hospital-associated diarrhea, and the frequency and severity of infections are on the rise. D. Borden Lacy, Ph.D., associate professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, and colleagues recently demonstrated that the C. difficile toxin, TcdB, induces rapid cell death of human colon cell lines and pig colonic...

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Pioneers of Discovery: Investigator driven to divine cellular ecosystem’s rulebook

Oct. 31, 2013—Ken Lau, Ph.D., a new assistant professor in Cell and Developmental Biology, is out to determine the rules that lead to cells converting from one type to another, for example, when a healthy cell becomes a cancer cell.

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Targets of SIN drive cell division

Oct. 25, 2013—Vanderbilt researchers have identified a key regulator of cell division.

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Grad students help achieve key discovery

Oct. 24, 2013—A multidisciplinary study conducted by the combined efforts of Vanderbilt University graduate students has led to the first evidence that abnormal messenger RNA export from the nucleus to the cytoplasm can cause human disease.

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