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Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte is the academic co-organizer of the Cell Symposia on Stem Cell Programming and Reprogramming

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25.01.07 News From Salk

Beyond Nature vs. Nurture: Williams Syndrome Across Cultures

A multi-institutional study led by Ursula Bellugi, director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience at Salk, has found a clever way to untangle how much sway our environment has over our genes to shape human behavior by studying children with Williams syndrome from various cultures.  

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30.11.06 News From Salk

Scientist Wins 2007 McKnight Award

Andy Dillin, assistant professor in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory, has been selected for the 2007 McKnight Neuroscience of Brain Disorders Award. The award supports innovative efforts aimed at translating basic laboratory discoveries in neuroscience into clinical benefits for patients. The awards are highly competitive: Only six out of 196 applicants were selected this year.

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30.11.06 News From Salk

National Academy of Sciences Honors Joe Ecker with Carty Award

The National Academy of Sciences has selected Joseph Ecker, professor in the Plant Biology Laboratory and director of the Salk Institute Genomic Analysis Laboratory, to receive the 2007 John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science. He was chosen for contributions in the areas of ethylene signal transduction and Arabidopsis genomics that have paved the way for a revolution in modern agriculture.

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29.11.06 News From Salk

Salk Scientists Named 2006 AAAS Fellows

Professors Terry Sejnowski, professor and head of the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, and Inder Verma, professor in the Laboratory of Genetics, have been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow for their pioneering efforts in computational neuroscience and gene therapy, respectively.    

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22.11.06 Technology Review

Regenerating Chicken Wings

A method to regrow damaged wings in chicken embryos could shed light on how to regenerate limbs in other species-including humans. By Emily Singer.

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16.11.06 News From Salk

DNA Repair Teams' Motto: 'To Protect and Serve'

When you dial 911 you expect rescuers to pull up to your front door, unload and get busy not park the truck down the street and eat doughnuts. The same holds true for a cell, which recruits protein complexes to repair DNA breakage after division. A previous Salk study revealed that some of these cellular paramedics inexplicably idle at undamaged chromosome ends. Now the same research team, led by Jan Karlseder, assistant professor in the Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory, explains why those repair crews stay put and in doing so answer fundamental questions about how chromosomal stability is maintained.    

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16.10.06 News From Salk

Vax and Pax: Taking Turns to Build an Eye

Opposing ball clubs don't take the field at the same time, and neither do teams of proteins responsible for creating the eye. While one team builds the retina, the opponents are busy in an adjacent cellular turf constructing the cord that carries visual signals to the brain. That's why Greg Lemke, professor in the Neurobiology Laboratory, and his team of researchers were surprised to find the respective team captains-Vax2, a protein that along with Vax1 builds the optic nerve cord, and Pax6, a protein that drives retinal fate-playing on the same field.      

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09.10.06 News From Salk

More Than Meets the Eye

Ever watch a jittery video made that made you ill? With our eyes constantly darting back and forth and our body hardly ever holding still, that is exactly what our brain is faced with. Yet despite the shaky video stream, we usually perceive our environment as perfectly stable. Richard Krauzlis, associate professor in the Systems Neurobiology Laboratory, has discovered that not only does the brain find a way to compensate for our constantly flickering gaze, but that it actually turns the tables and relies on eye movements to recognize partially hidden or moving objects.      

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11.09.06 News From Salk

Distinguishing Friend from Foe in the Battle Against Cancer

A collaborative study by Tony Hunter, professor in the Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory, and Inder Verma, professor in the Laboratory of Genetics, has uncovered one of cancer's means of survival when bombarded with chemotherapeutic drugs.    

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