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Blood Mutations

Blood Mutations Could Contaminate Genetic Analyses of Tumors

Genetic mutations in blood cells that have made their way into tumors could be red herrings that mislead physicians looking for genetic changes in...
viral protein

UNC Lineberger Researchers Show How Viral Protein Helps Drive Cancer

Scientists at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center are zeroing in on how Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpes virus can lead to cancer in people. Infection with Kaposi...
Cancer’s Spread

UNC Scientists Create Better Laboratory Tools to Study Cancer’s Spread

Cancer that has spread, or metastasized, from its original site to other tissues and organs in the body is a leading cause of cancer...
Aneurysm

UNC Aortic Team First in the Nation to Complete Endovascular Total...

The Aortic Team, made up of surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and technologists from UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, is the first in the country...
Biological materials

Developing Polymers That Mimic Chameleon Skin

Biological materials have complex mechanical properties that are difficult to reproduce using synthetic materials. An international team of researchers, led by UNC-Chapel Hill chemist Sergei...
brain cancer

Researchers Identify Molecular Target for Brain Cancer, Develop Immunotherapy Approach to...

An international team of researchers has genetically engineered cancer-killing immune cells that can hunt brain tumors displaying a new molecular target that is highly...
HIV

HIV Exports Viral Protein in Cellular Packages

HIV may be able to affect cells it can’t directly infect by packaging a key protein within the host’s cellular mail and sending it...
Antipsychotic Drugs

Scientific Breakthrough Could Lead to Better Antipsychotic Drugs

Although antipsychotic drugs are among the most widely prescribed medications, individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism-spectrum disorders often experience severe side effects because...
pancreatic cancer

Narrowing the Gap Toward Precision Medicine for Pancreatic Cancer

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Jen Jen Yeh, MD, is working to understand the complicated relationship between one of the deadliest...
Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis Discovery: Bacterial Burden Begins During First Years of Life

Cystic fibrosis (CF) shortens life by making the lungs prone to repeated bacterial infections and associated inflammation. UNC School of Medicine researchers have now...
sea turtles

Drones Confirm Importance of Costa Rican Waters for Sea Turtles

Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs during mass-nesting events at Ostional National Wildlife Refuge on Costa Rica’s Pacific...
autism

Three UNC Autism Research Studies Earn End-Of-Year Honors

Three UNC School of Medicine autism research studies led by Joseph Piven, MD, made the end-of-year top research lists of three organizations heavily invested...
Opioid

Scientists Take a Big Step toward Building a Better Opioid

For the first time, scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and collaborators solved the crystal structure of the activated kappa...
stem cells

UNC Scientists Discover Proteins Keeping Stem Cells in their Undifferentiated State

A special cluster of proteins that helps unwind DNA during cell division plays a key role in keeping stem cells in their immature state,...
Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Immunotherapy Could Be Beneficial for Relapsed Acute Myeloid Leukemia

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers report that pairing an immunotherapy drug with chemotherapy proved beneficial for some patients with acute...
tumor

Using Software, Researchers Predict Tumor Markers That Could Be Immune Targets

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center scientists have developed a software program that can accurately predict which tumor-specific markers will show up...
blood clot

National Clinical Trial Finds Certain Treatments for Blood Clots Not Effective

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – blood clots, usually in the legs – is commonly treated with either a blood thinner or by combining the...
Antibiotic Resistance

Scientists Find Potential Weapons for the Battle Against Antibiotic Resistance

Scientists at the UNC School of Medicine have found that a bacterium can become much more or less susceptible to an antibiotic depending on...
HIV infection

NIH Launches HIV Prevention Trial of Long-Acting Injectable Medication in Sexually...

The first large-scale clinical trial of a long-acting injectable medication for HIV prevention in sexually active women has begun. The study in southern and...
Coronary Artery Disease

Could this Protein Protect People against Coronary Artery Disease?

The buildup of plaque in the heart’s arteries is an unfortunate part of aging. But by studying the genetic makeup of people who maintain...