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Review: Giving Gene Editing Technology CRISPR-Cas9 a Boost

Review: Giving Gene Editing Technology CRISPR-Cas9 a Boost

A new gene editing technology called CRISPR-Cas9 allows researchers to quickly and easily make changes to the DNA of humans, animals and plants. Scientists in the University of Rochester Center for RNA Biology highlight a cellular mechanism that can help users employ the technique with more precision. 

6/16/2016
From Flu to Smallpox, URMC Clinical Trials Lead the Way to Vaccines

From Flu to Smallpox, URMC Clinical Trials Lead the Way to Vaccines

The Vaccine Research Unit at the University of Rochester Medical Center began conducting vaccine trials in the 1970s. Their work has led to the approval of new flu vaccines and the first and only vaccine to prevent cancer and continues today with studies of bird flu and norovirus. 

6/9/2016
Epigenetics: A Promising Field, but Still a Ways from Helping Patients

Epigenetics: A Promising Field, but Still a Ways from Helping Patients

Epigenetics is a popular, yet still mysterious concept in health and medicine. Harold C. Smith, Ph.D., professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics comments on the progress and future of epigenetics research in the journal Trends in Biochemical Sciences

6/6/2016
Antioxidants May Help Total Joint Replacements Last Longer

Antioxidants May Help Total Joint Replacements Last Longer

Researchers in the Center for Musculoskeletal Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center recently showed that infusing antioxidants into the plastic surface of total joint replacements may protect surrounding bone, which could make the implants last longer.

5/24/2016
Study: A “Slick” Gene Helps Protect the Heart

Study: A “Slick” Gene Helps Protect the Heart

Scientists have identified a gene that is crucial for anesthetic preconditioning, a process used in coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery to protect a patient’s heart while it is stopped and blood flow and oxygen delivery to the organ are reduced.

5/11/2016