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Neuroscientist Ben Barres, who identified crucial roles of glial cells, dies at 63 - Stanford Medical Center Report


Stanford Medical Center Report
He was promoted to associate professor of neurobiology and of developmental biology in 1998, and to a full professorship in 2001. In 2008, he became chair of neurobiology. From 2005 on, he was the director of the Masters of Science in Medicine Degree ...

Weight flux alters molecular profile, Stanford-led study finds - EurekAlert (press release)


EurekAlert (press release)
As people pack on pounds or shed excess weight, they exhibit notable changes in their microbiome, cardiovascular system, immune system and levels of gene expression, the study found. The researchers integrated a slew of "omics" profiling techniques to ...
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Starting very small on the long path to rebuilding broken bodies - Stanford University News


Stanford University News
In a recent paper published in the journal Science, Dunn; William Weis, a professor of structural biology and of molecular and cellular physiology; and their lab members Derek Huang and Nick Bax and postdoc Craig Buckley provide a hint in the form of a ...

The Stanford Astrobiology Course

Stanford, California - United States

Astrobiology is at once one of the newest of scientific meta-disciplines, while at the same time encompassing some of our oldest and most profound questions. Beyond strictly utilitarian concerns, such as "what is for dinner?" and leaving offspring, asking the three great questions of astrobiology seems to be embedded in what it means to be human. While these questions are ancient questions, we now have the technological tools to grapple with them at a whole new scientific level. During recent centuries the Copernican and Darwinian Revolutions laid the way for Astrobiology. In the late 20th century such discoveries as life in extreme environments on earth, of extra-solar planets, and technological breakthroughs not the least of which was the extraordinary explosion of space exploration, resulted in the crystallization of Astrobiology as a scientific meta-discipline.

So what is Astrobiology? It mines all of the science and sometimes social science disciplines to understand three fundamental questions: Where do we come from?; Where are we going?; Are we alone in the universe?

To fulfill the promise of Astrobiology requires a tool not normally in many scientists' arsenal: space exploration. Because it is so central to advancements in the field, Space Exploration is integrated into many of the lectures, and is discussed as a separate topic as well.

Our website has grown out of the oldest such class in the country, Stanford's "Astrobiology and Space Exploration" course. The students are primarily upper level undergraduates in human biology, biology and geology, but students with majors from Economics to Music to French to Race Relations have taken the course in recent years. Graduate students have ranged from the sciences to Aeronautics and Astronautics, Graduate school of Business and a Knight Journalism Fellow. All students with some college level background in science, and a real enthuasiasm to join in the quest, are quite welcome and all contribute to the richness of the class presentations and discussions. Additional information may be obtained from the website.

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Stanford Cat Network
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This Proteomics Center represents an interdisciplinary effort to explore and converge results from 4 different platform technologies that analyze intracellular and secreted blood cell proteins related to systemic autoimmune disease processes.

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Develops new technologies to address important biological questions. Features a range of active and completed sequencing projects. Includes links to related departments and subjects. Located in Palo Alto, California.

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