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New antibody portal bolsters biomedical research reliability

New antibody portal bolsters biomedical research reliability

Brian Strahl, PhD at UNC and Scott Rothbart, PhD at Van Andel Research Institute create a robust online interactive database to address science’s ‘antibody crisis’.

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UNC researchers earn prestigious Keck award for cell cycle map

UNC researchers earn prestigious Keck award for cell cycle map

The labs of Jean Cook, PhD, and Jeremy Purvis, PhD, will develop the first-ever interactive molecular model of a crucial cellular process that controls healthy growth and diseases such as cancer.

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UNC Lineberger team finds possible strategy to overcome radiation therapy resistance acquired by cancer cells

UNC Lineberger team finds possible strategy to overcome radiation therapy resistance acquired by cancer cells

In a new study published in the Cell Press journal "Chemistry & Biology", researchers in the Chen lab share a discovery that could lead to a new strategy for sensitizing radiation-resistant cancer cells to the treatment.

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Potential drug target identified for aggressive breast cancer type

Potential drug target identified for aggressive breast cancer type

In a new pre-clinical study published today in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, researchers from the Parise lab show they can exploit cancer’s reliance on a particular protein to help fight triple negative breast cancer. They believe the protein could be a potential new drug target.

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New evidence emerges on the origins of life on Earth

New evidence emerges on the origins of life on Earth

University of North Carolina researchers provide evidence for how the genetic code developed in two distinct stages to help primordial chemicals evolve into cells.

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UNC researchers create DNA repair map of the entire human genome

UNC researchers create DNA repair map of the entire human genome

The new experimental assay can help scientists find the precise locations of repair of DNA damage caused by UV radiation and common chemotherapies. The invention could lead to better cancer drugs or improvements in the potency of existing ones.

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Quality Enhancement Plan focuses on the sciences

Quality Enhancement Plan focuses on the sciences

The 18 members of the QEP steering committee, led by co-chairs Leslie Parise, professor and chair of biochemistry and biophysics, and Kevin Guskiewicz, professor of exercise and sport science and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, will develop the QEP’s focus, implementation and budget before presenting a draft plan to the Provost. One of the major focuses is improvement on science learning.

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The "NEW" UNC Program in Chromatin and Epigenetics

The "NEW" UNC Program in Chromatin and Epigenetics

The program aims to address the fundamental gaps in knowledge surrounding epigenetic regulation, with a long-term goal of developing novel therapeutic approaches towards treating human disease. Learn more about the newly launched UNC Program in Chromatin and Epigenetics!

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Scientists find a key protein that allows Plavix to conquer platelets

Scientists find a key protein that allows Plavix to conquer platelets

These findings published by the Bergmeier lab in the Journal of Clinical Investigation could lead to more personalized approaches to controlling platelet activity during heart attacks and other vascular emergencies and diseases.

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Epigenetic Breakthrough: A first of its kind tool to study the histone code

Epigenetic Breakthrough: A first of its kind tool to study the histone code

Brian Strahl along with other scientists at UNC have created a new way to investigate epigenetic mechanisms important in diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to cancers. Read more about their work published in Developmental Cell.

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We rank 5th nationally in NIH funding in 2014

The Department continues to rank highly for NIH funding among all Biochemistry departments in the US. In 2014, the Department secured 16.4 million in federal funding and ranks 5th.

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UNC researchers link gene to increased dendritic spines – a signpost of autism

UNC researchers link gene to increased dendritic spines – a signpost of autism

By deleting the NrCAM gene, scientists have found a potential way to cut back on the neural connections implicated in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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