The Helix Blog

The Helix Blog gives voice to City of Hope graduate students and their research.

Spreading Scientific Inaccuracy – With Chocolate

July 30, 2015 | City of Hope

Courtesy of Dr. Jacob Berlin, the following article explores how many scientists, journalists, and members of the public can perpetuate or fall victim to bad science. By omitting certain details, or “massaging” one’s data or experimental design, one can create the results one desires, and can often times depend on the media to take it viral.

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For Your Procrastination: Surprising Facts about Caffeine

May 08, 2015 | Vishnu Samarasimhasubhashchandra

Coffee coffee coffee, no single person’s day is done without having a cup of coffee.  Coffee is the best friend for many of us.  Recent reports show that scientists (ourselves) are the biggest coffee drinkers of all.

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Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope National Medical Center Quarterly Newsletter: January through March 2015

April 27, 2015 | City of Hope

Announcements Congratulations to Jodi Murakami and her fiancée, who welcomed home their baby boy in December.   Congratulations to Nathaniel Magilnick and his wife, who welcomed home their baby boy in March.

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January Grad Student Forum: Richard Jaramillo

April 22, 2015 | Richard Jaramillo

Increased levels of advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) have been reported in serum of patients with diabetes and are associated with increased probability of specific complications including cardiovascular disease and nephropathy.

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Duarte, CA: Our home away from home

October 06, 2014 | Cassandra Ramos

Whether we originally hail from the San Gabriel Valley or halfway across the world, we as City of Hope graduate students have become intimately involved with the city of Duarte. After all, Duarte is where we diligently investigate important biomedical questions at research laboratories every day.

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Leading Good Discussions

September 08, 2014 | Nick Snead

I think everyone has experienced—at least once—a very awkward conference in which the session chair didn't have control of the discussion, was shockingly unprepared, or was unprofessional. So what does it take to lead a good discussion?

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For Your Procrastination: Changing Lives with 3D-printed Prosthetics

July 15, 2014 | City of Hope

If you’re interested in building and designing prosthetics, you have to work at a big medical devices company, right? Think again. Earlier this year, CNN published a series of heartwarming stories highlighting the use of 3D printer technology for prosthetics.

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June Grad Student Forum: Cecilia Choy

July 09, 2014 | Cecilia Choy

Cooperation of Neurotrophin Receptor TrkB and Her2 in Breast Cancer Cells Facilitates Brain Metastasis Cecilia Choy, Josh Neman, Matthew Duenas, Hubert Li, Nagarajan Vaidehi, Rahul Jandial Metastases are responsible for 90% of all cancer deaths, and patients diagnosed with brain metastasis have a dismal 20% probability of one-year survival.

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The Socioeconomic Disparity of Graduate Education in the Life Sciences

June 10, 2014 | Cassandra Ramos

The Ph.D. is the highest degree awarded in the field of life sciences, and this achievement should be attainable by anyone with the aptitude, intellectual curiosity, and drive to pursue knowledge at the highest level.

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David Webb Interview – Part 5 of 5

June 03, 2014 | Greg Cherryholmes

While many scientists have continued their career paths into industry, or stayed in academia, there are few who have been able to successfully traverse both arenas of research as well as David Webb. I recently had a discussion with Dr.

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