Welcome to LabBook, our weekly roundup of University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences research news from around campus and the internet. Each Friday, LabBook will recap the week on the blog, with links to news stories about our faculty and their research.
PAST TWO WEEKS ON THE BLOG
Special double-strength update since we missed last week …
- Last week we installed a collection of 16 textured quilts inspired by scientific photographs of biological structures at the Center for Care and Discovery called “Art Under the Microscope,” marking the beginning of a series of art installations set for the new hospital pavilion.
- In research presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference, Jane Churpek, MD, and her colleagues found that a high percentage of African-American women with breast cancer carried genetic mutations that increase their risk for breast cancer.
- New research by neurobiologist Sliman Bensmaia shows that the nervous system reproduces the same frequency and intensity of vibrations produced by the sense of touch, all the way to the brain.
- An international research team, including UChicago pharmacist Minoli Perera, recently found a genetic variation in African Americans that could help estimate the correct dosage of the notoriously finicky anti-clotting drug warfarin.
- In 2010, we gave all of our internal medicine residents new iPads to use on their rounds in the hospital, but despite expectations that it would change medicine, a new survey shows that even the iPad didn’t live up to the hype.
- It’s easy to make jokes about fecal transplants, but people already living with ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease are over the “yuck factor” if it helps them feel better.
- Finally, yesterday the US Supreme Court ruled that naturally occurring human genes cannot be patented. Reaction in the medical community has been mostly positive, and a number of our physicians and genetics researchers weighed in on the decision.
Enjoy the weather in between storms this weekend, and go Blackhawks. We’ll see you next week.