In case you missed it: News from The Forefront

In case you missed it, Science Life has a new home at The Forefront, a science, health and wellness news and information website for the University of Chicago Medicine, the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine.

Be sure to visit the Forefront’s dedicated research and discoveries channel to read about our basic science and biomedical discoveries. We will be launching a newsletter to bring you the latest updates soon, but in the meantime here’s what you may have missed this week:

Small molecules set up security system to defend the genome

In a new study in the journal Science, researchers from UChicago show how thousands of short RNA molecules with diverse genetic sequences serve as security guards to thwart attempts to invade the genome.

The world’s fight against cancer

Around the world, patients are facing cancer diagnoses and treatments every day. World Cancer Day is a reminder that cancer doesn’t know geographic boundaries, and as such, we all must come together to combat the global cancer epidemic.

The Art of Explaining: A day with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

On January 29th Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science trainers gave a workshop that discussed the importance of clear communication and utilized improv techniques to showcase the many ways conversational barriers can be broken down.

Clinical trial aims to help heavy drinkers quit smoking

For smokers who are also heavy drinkers, research suggests that a comprehensive treatment strategy may be the best bet to help them quit. Under the supervision of Andrea King, PhD, a clinical trial assesses the effectiveness of a three-part smoking cessation intervention in adult, heavy drinking smokers, using Chantix, the nicotine patch, and brief behavioral coaching.

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About Matt Wood (531 Articles)
Matt Wood is a senior science writer and manager of communications at the University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences Division.
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