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Department of Biochemistry

The yin and yang of COX-2

Oct. 2, 2015—New findings add to the understanding of how the enzyme COX-2 works, which is critical to the development of COX-2-targeted anti-inflammatory drugs.

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Framework for studying cell responses

Aug. 26, 2015—Vanderbilt investigators have developed a framework for studying cellular responses that could be used to identify the agents driving a range of biological processes in health and disease.

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How the cell makes morphine

Aug. 25, 2015—Vanderbilt investigators have discovered how mammals, including humans, produce the painkiller morphine.

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Origins of neuroblastoma

Aug. 12, 2015—Vanderbilt researchers are exploring how neuroblastoma tumors begin and progress, knowledge that could provide new treatments for this pediatric cancer.

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Bridging the antibiotic gap

Aug. 7, 2015—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered how certain molecules with antibiotic properties are synthesized, findings that could lead to new drugs that overcome the increased antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

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Anticancer olive compounds

Jul. 27, 2015—Compounds found in olives and olive oil have anticancer activity, which may contribute to the cancer preventive properties attributed to the Mediterranean diet.

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Study reveals how protein helps cells tolerate DNA damage

Jul. 16, 2015—Vanderbilt and Stanford investigators have discovered how a protein that's part of the DNA replication "machinery" helps cells tolerate DNA damage.

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Biochemistry’s Hodges stays grounded in joy of discovery

Jul. 16, 2015—Albert Einstein once wrote, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” For Emily Hodges, Ph.D., that awakening occurred in a high school science class taught by Trudy Anderson, Ed.D. “She made science exciting,” Hodges said.

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Guengerich named interim editor of noted journal JBC

Jul. 9, 2015—Vanderbilt University’s F. Peter (Fred) Guengerich, Ph.D., has been named interim editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC).

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Photo: Leon W. Cunningham Award

Jun. 25, 2015—Catherine Deatherage, a graduate student in the lab of Charles Sanders, Ph.D., received this year’s Leon W. Cunningham Award for Excellence in Biochemistry during a presentation last week. The award, named for the late Leon Cunningham, Ph.D., former chair of the Department of Biochemistry, is given annually to a graduate student in Biochemistry who exemplifies...

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Biochemistry professor Richard Armstrong remembered

Jun. 22, 2015—Richard N. Armstrong, Ph.D., professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry, prominent biochemist, journal editor and mentor, died on June 18 after a brief illness. He was 66.

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Lit up COX-2 cancer probe

Jun. 17, 2015—A new imaging probe developed by Vanderbilt investigators enhances tumor visibility and has broad applications in diagnosing and monitoring patients with cancer.

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