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Developing zebrafish skeleton showing a gene called Sox9 (green) in cartilage-producing cells (Image by Xinjun He/McMahon Lab)

Stem Cell researchers reveal a genetic blueprint for cartilage

Cartilage does a lot more than determine the shapes of people’s ears and noses. It also enables people to breathe and to form healthy bones — two processes essential to life. In a study published in Cell Reports, stem cell researcher Xinjun He and University of Tokyo researcher Shinsuke Ohba explore how a protein called

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Kidney (Image by Lisa Rutledge and Seth Ruffins)

Engineering undergraduates focus on building a microscope for USC’s stem cell research center

Previously, when Andy McMahon, W.M. Keck Provost Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and Biological Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine, wanted a three-dimensional image of a kidney, he would ship the organ to Australia. Now, he can send the organ down the hall to the university’s new specialized microscope — built

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Paul Aisen

Keck School of Medicine of USC establishes USC Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) has established the USC Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute (USC ATRI), located in San Diego, CA. Distinguished Alzheimer’s disease scientist, Paul Aisen, MD, is being proposed for professor of neurology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and founding director of USC ATRI,

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Messages in Spanish and English urge cervical cancer screening on billboards and other sites near the Health Sciences Campus.

Preventive medicine professor launches campaign against cervical cancer

“It’s important. It’s easy. It’s time.” That message in English and Spanish is now adorning bus benches, billboards and lampposts around the Health Sciences as part of a cervical cancer prevention campaign dubbed Es Tiempo. The message, which also features an image of a jacaranda tree, was spearheaded by Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, PhD, MPH, associate professor

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Researchers find flavored cigarettes are still popular, despite ban

Think clove cigarettes are so six years ago? A new study from Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) researchers finds that despite a federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban in 2009, flavored cigarettes are still available for purchase over the Internet and are popular search targets. The researchers found

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