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City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS - and so many stories - that we've tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they're all connected.


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 8, 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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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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The Socioeconomic Disparity of Graduate Education in the Life Sciences

June 9, 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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January Graduate Student Research Forum

February 12, 2014 | Lindsey Skrdlant

My research focuses on a disease known as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). MDS is a pre-leukemic bone marrow disorder that is characterized by ineffective production of red blood cells, neutrophils, and/or platelets.

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DIYbio Lab in Downtown Los Angeles Re-Opens its Doors to the Community

April 24, 2013 | Monica Polewski

On March 17, I attended the L.A. Biohacker’s Lab grand re-opening event. Like something out of a science-fiction movie, the lab is located in a derelict part of the industrial area of Los Angeles. The lab is inside a building that sells doors (complete with showroom) and across the street from the “L.

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Flippin' Biomaterials

April 1, 2013 | Nick Snead

I saw this paper published in  Science , authored by (as one of my undergraduate biomedical engineering biomaterials professors put it) one of the "demigods" of biomaterials, Bob Langer, and an up-and-coming materials scientist named Dan Anderson, who is making lots of siRNA-delivery biomaterials, too.

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Quote from "Prize Fight"

January 10, 2013 | Nick Snead

I get email alerts showing each Nature journal issue’s table of contents. Typically, I do a quick ctrl+f “rna” to search for anything that might be related to RNAi or siRNA or miRNA. But, now I skim the full table of contents because sometimes they have interesting short articles or perspective pieces.

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Confessions of a Workaholic, Part 3: The forced vacation

January 3, 2013 | Amanda Gunn

During my time as a graduate student at City of Hope , I absorbed some degree of medical knowledge purely due to passive diffusion from my surroundings. I know all the inflammation markers and basic blood work tests, and if  somebody rattles off their cancer treatment protocol, I have an idea of the severity of the cancer.

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