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2017

September 2017
When Ancient Fossil DNA Isn't Available, Ancient Glycans May Help Trace Human Evolution
Researchers at UC San Diego and Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya have discovered a new kind of glycan that survives under conditions where ancient DNA does not.
Refers to publication A251

January 2017
Switching Sugars in the Brain
Why don’t humans display Neu5Gc on our cell surfaces like other mammals do?

2016

July 2016
Many animals seem to kill themselves, but it is not suicide
Do dogs, whales, horses and other animals intend to end their lives?

2015

November 2015
Newly Evolved, Uniquely Human Gene Variants Protect Older Adults from Cognitive Decline
Humans evolved unique gene variants that protect older adults from neurodegenerative disease, thus preserving their valuable contributions and delaying dependency
Refers to publication A236

April 2015
More Anti-inflammatory Genes Mean Longer Lifespans for Mammals
Mammal species with higher copy numbers of siglec receptor genes have longer maximum lifespans
Refers to Publication A231

2014

December 2014
Sugar Molecule Links Red Meat Consumption and Elevated Cancer Risk in Mice
Neu5Gc, a non-human sugar found in red meat, promotes inflammation and cancer progression in rodents
Refers to publication A229

Typhoid Mary, Not Typhoid Mouse
Lack of enzyme explains why typhoid fever is a human-specific disease
Refers to publication A227

September 2014
Cancer and the Immune System: A Double-Edged Sword 
Cell surface sugars can promote or inhibit cancer depending upon stage
Refers to publication A225

April 2014
For Good and Ill, Immune Response to Cancer Cuts Both Ways

March 2014
Scientists learn how pathogens hack our immune systems to go undetected
Researchers describe how pathogens target or take advantage of key molecules on the surfaces of cells to evade detection or boost infection
Sugar receptors on immune cells evolve rapidly in response to even more rapidly evolving pathogens, leading to a never-ending evolutionary arms race

March 2014
The "Red Queen Effect"
Refers to publication A218

2012

June 4, 2012
How Infectious Disease May Have Shaped Human Origins
Inactivation of two genes may have allowed escape from bacterial pathogens
Refers to publication A201

2011

October 10, 2011
Sexual Selection by Sugar Molecule Helped Determine Human Origins
Refers to publication A197

July 25, 2011
Glycans Enter Mainstream of Biomedical Science
UC San Diego leads new national program to further develop the science of glycobiology

April 19th, 2011
A Cancer Treatment and Marker in One?
UC San Diego Researchers Finds Promise in Non-Human Sialic Acid Antibodies
Refers to publication A191

February 24, 2011
Missing Sugar Molecule Raises Diabetes Risk in Humans

2010

July 26, 2010
Non-human Sugar in Biotech Drugs Causes Inflammation

April 2, 2010
Cutting to the Bone Of Human Origins
Computed tomography scans of a large collection of skeletons from closely monitored captive chimpanzees will soon become part of the growing "anthropogeny" database at the University of California, San Diego.
Science, Vol. 328. No. 5974, pg. 43

April, 2010
Varki Receives Senior Scholar in Aging Award
UCSD HealthSpan: News of the Health Sciences, Vol 2. No. 3

August 25, 2009
The meat we eat: Exploring the link between Western diets & cancer

2009

July 13, 2009
Leading Pathogen in Newborns Can Suppress Immune Cell Function

2008

November 13, 2008
How Eating Red Meat Can Spur Cancer Progression

October 29, 2008
Eating Red Meat Sets Up Target for Disease-Causing Bacteria

October 16, 2008
Novel Publishing Approach Puts Textbook in More Hands

September 8, 2008
New Center for Study of Human Origins Opens in San Diego

April 10, 2008
Final "Evolution Matters" Lecture Finds Clues to Human Disease in Genetics of Primates

March 4, 2008
UC San Diego and Salk Institute Establish Center to Study the Origin of Humans

2007

October 8, 2007
Award to UCSD to Fund Novel Approaches to Detecting Cancer

March 8, 2007
UCSD's Ajit Varki to Receive Glycobiology's Highest International Honor

2006

October 9, 2006
UCSD Faculty Named to Prestigious Organization

August 11, 2006
UCSD Researcher Named Honorary Distinguished Professor at Indian Institute of Technology

May 1, 2006
T Cell “Brakes” Lost During Human Evolution

2005

November 9, 2005
UCSD Professor Receives Top Honor in Field of Glycobiology

September 2, 2005
UCSD Researcher Cites Human/Chimpanzee Genetic Differences That Offer Clues to Human Diseases
Refers to publication A147 and A146

August 31, 2005
UCSD Scientists Propose Ethical And Scientific Guidelines For Study Of Captive Great Apes
Refers to publication B93

January 24, 2005
Current Human Embryonic StemCell Lines Contaminated with Potentially Dangerous Non-Human Molecule
Refers to publication A140

2004

July 19, 2004
UCSD Researchers' Finding About Pathogen In Newborns, May Aid Vaccine Development
Refers to publication A137

Vaccines and Diagnostics Using the Native Capsule of Group B Streptococcus

2003

September 29, 2003
Non-human Molecule Is Absorbed by Eating Red Meat According to Study by UCSD Researchers
Refers to publication A133

April 15, 2003
National Library of Medicine Selects UCSD Textbook for Searchable Website

2002

August 19, 2002
Ancient Fossils help UCSD Researchers Determine Date that Gumans Genetically Diverged from Apes
Refers to publication A129

July 24, 2002
UCSD Researchers Discover Enzyme Defective in Bleeding Abnormality
Refers to publication A125

April 12, 2002
Insight into human-chimp differences
Refers to publication A121

April 11, 2002
Researchers Uncover Brain Patterns That Differentiate Humans From Chimpanzees
Refers to publication A121

2001

October 9, 2001
NIGMS Awards Glue Grant to Study Cell Talk

March 12, 2001
UCSD Research Shows Common Drug Prevents Spread of Cancer In Mice
Refers to publication A111

1998

September 25, 1998
Difference Between Humans and Apes Linked to a Missing Oxygen Atom
Refers to publication A97