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Fingers and toes: joint forming factor

Apr. 1, 2013—The gene Has2 participates in signaling that is important in developing fingers and toes, and may have relevance for cancer development.

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Pancreas cells full of potential

Feb. 18, 2013—Adult cells in the pancreas can return to a less mature state – and then become a different cell type, like the beta cells that secrete insulin.

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Cell source of heart’s blood vessels

Feb. 1, 2013—An unexpected group of cells generates the coronary arteries and may be useful for regeneration therapies following injury to the heart.

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Study helps define pancreatic cancer’s cellular origins

Jan. 17, 2013—Vanderbilt and University of California investigators have discovered the “cell of origin” for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, a finding that could lead to early detection methods and new treatments.

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New endowed chair holders recognized

Dec. 20, 2012—Nine Vanderbilt University faculty members named to endowed chairs were honored for outstanding academic achievements last week during a celebration at the Student Life Center. “An endowed chair is the highest academic honor that a university can bestow on its faculty,” said University Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Richard McCarty, Ph.D. “It’s really...

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Nine faculty honored at endowed chair celebration

Dec. 13, 2012—Nine Vanderbilt University faculty members named to endowed chairs were honored for outstanding academic achievements Dec. 12 during a celebration at the Student Life Center.

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Polarity protein suppresses tumor growth, invasion

Nov. 29, 2012—The machinery that builds the characteristic shape of epithelial cells suppresses breast cancer formation and metastasis in a mouse model.

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Bird’s eye view of gut development

Nov. 19, 2012—A new map of the developing gut of quail offers valuable tool for studying intestinal diseases.

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Selling science to the public

Nov. 8, 2012—As scientists, our ability to obtain funding, publish papers, and generate interest in our research is dependent upon our ability to successfully “sell” our scientific data and ideas – that is, to convince our peers and colleagues of their validity and importance. However, we are used to making our pitch to other scientists: grant reviewers,...

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Bid protein guards blood cells against stress

Oct. 25, 2012—A protein normally known to promote cell death found to encourage survival of blood forming cells.

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Cell entry ports for cold virus

Sep. 25, 2012—The respiratory virus HMPV uses its fusion (F) protein – which interacts with cellular receptors called integrins – to bind to and enter target cells.

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On the hunt for bladder cancer factors

Jul. 26, 2012—A protein linked to aggressive bladder cancers could point to new strategies for treatment or prevention.

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