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DNA ‘Marks’ Gastric Cancer Risk

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Infection with the stomach-dwelling bacterium Helicobacter pylori is a strong risk factor for gastric cancer. But since about half of the world’s population is infected, and less than 1 percent of infected individuals develop cancer, other factors must contribute to gastric cancer risk. Barbara Schneider, Ph.D., and colleagues are examining the role of epigenetic factors […]

Seven VU Faculty Honored

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Nashville, Tenn. – Seven Vanderbilt University faculty members, including 6 who are members of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed upon them by their AAAS peers. They are among 503 AAAS members from around the country who achieved this honor […]

DNA Mechanics

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Picture a railroad track, running across the countryside. DNA looks something like that track. Its “rails” are chains of chemicals called nucleotides, each pairing with a partner on the opposite chain to form the “ties.” To ensure timely train traffic – and prevent catastrophic derailments – the railroad track needs regular maintenance. So does DNA. […]

Study Gives Insights into DNA Replication

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Like a lawn mower engine that needs to be “primed” before it can be started, the molecular machinery that copies DNA needs a push too. Vanderbilt University investigators have now determined the structure of a critical piece of human DNA primase — the protein that gets DNA replication going. The findings, reported in the Aug. […]

Your Genome, Future of Medicine

Monday, June 21st, 2010

A new documentary about the exciting era of personalized medicine and health care is now available on YouTube. Your Genome and the Future of Medicine, developed by Vanderbilt University Medical Center, initially aired on local stations in Lexington, Ky., and Nashville, Tenn. The 30-minute documentary, available for viewing in four segments, features interviews with several […]