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Biologists discover how pancreatic tumors lead to weight loss

June 20, 2018

Shortfall of digestive enzymes can lead to tissue breakdown in early stages of pancreatic cancer.

Patients with pancreatic cancer usually experience significant weight loss, which can begin very early in the disease. A new study from MIT and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute offers insight into how this...


Decoding RNA-protein interactions

June 7, 2018

Thanks to continued advances in genetic sequencing, scientists have identified virtually every A, T, C, and G nucleotide in our genetic code. But to fully understand how the human genome encodes us, we need to go one step further, mapping the function of each base. That is the goal of the ...


CSB Thesis Defense

June 1, 2018

Mariana Matus Garcia
Alm  Lab
Date: Monday June 4, 2018
Time: 10AM
Location:  Building 68 room 121
Title: Analysis of fecal biomarkers to impact clinical care and public health
In this thesis, I explore the potential of fecal biomarkers to impact clinical care and public health. First, I highlight the potential of the gut microbiome to provide novel diagnostic and therapeutic targets. By analyzing the gut microbiome and metabolome of mice exposed to a high salt diet, we identified Lactobacillus as a potential...


Tiny particles could fight brain cancer

May 24, 2018

Nanoparticles carrying two drugs can cross the blood-brain barrier and shrink glioblastoma tumors.

Glioblastoma multiforme, a type of brain tumor, is one of the most difficult-to-treat cancers. Only a handful of drugs are approved to treat glioblastoma, and the median life expectancy for patients diagnosed with the disease is less than 15 months.