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Pioneering Research and Innovations

A brief sampling of Stanford innovations

Collaborating across fields while working a few hundred feet from each other, our Biosciences faculty have established a tradition of developing game-changing technologies. Stanford graduate students cast their own interdisciplinary molds by moving freely within our 14 Home Programs, drawing upon the expertise of the world's best researchers.

Here are few examples of the Stanford Biosciences faculty's pioneering research:

  • Scientists develop 'molecular flashlight' that illuminates brain tumors in mice
    A bioengineered peptide enables the imaging of medulloblastomas, among the most devastating of malignant childhood brain tumors, in lab mice. Learn More
  • Common genetic ancestors lived during roughly same time period, scientists find
    A new study shows that mitochondrial Eve and Y-chromosomal Adam—two individuals who passed down a portion of their genomes to the vast expanse of humanity—roughly overlapped during evolutionary time. Learn More
  • Scientists unable to find evidence of 'embryonic-like' cells in marrow of adult mice
    Stanford scientists have been unable to identify any very small, pluripotent cells in the bone marrow of mice, despite exhaustive efforts to duplicate the original experimental procedures. Learn More
  • New mouse model reveals a mystery of Duchenne muscular dystrophy
    A new study is the first to demonstrate a molecular basis for the cardiac defect that is the primary killer of people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Learn More
  • Brain makes its own version of Valium
    Researchers have found that a naturally occurring protein may act as a Valium-like brake on certain types of epileptic seizure. Learn More
  • Researchers identify genetic suspects in sporadic Lou Gehrig's disease
    Scientists have developed a technique to see how different types of cells interact in a living mouse. Learn More
  • Diabetes' genetic underpinnings can vary based on ethnic background
    Ethnic background plays a surprisingly large role in how diabetes develops on a cellular level, according to two new studies. Learn More
  • Getting CLARITY: Hydrogel process developed at Stanford creates transparent brain
    Combining neuroscience and chemical engineering, researchers have developed a process that renders a mouse brain transparent—ushering in a new era of whole-organ imaging. Learn More
  • How an interdisciplinary chef cooked up imaging technique
    Recently appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Structural Biology, the 28-year-old Adam de la Zerda has a passion for interdisciplinary pursuits. Learn More
  • Obama's $100 million brain research initiative taps several Stanford scientists
    Stanford scientists will play critical roles in the new BRAIN initiative, which calls for initial funding of $100 million to develop technologies and methods for understanding the human brain. Learn More
  • Biological transistor enables computing within living cells
    Bioengineers have developed a biological transistor made from DNA and RNA that allows them to compute inside a cell to study or reprogram what happens in a living system. Learn More

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