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A new medical research center in San Diego is embracing an innovative way to treat antibiotic resistant infections called bacteriophage therapy—phage therapy for short—which uses viruses as weapons against hard-to-treat infections. Antibiotic-resistant infections are part of a growing global health problem. Each year in the United States, at least two million people contract drug-resistant infections, and 23,000 die from those illnesses. Bacteria naturally grow resistant to the drugs used to treat them, and for people with especially tough infections that aren’t responding to the usual medications, the options are limited.
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Until now, nobody has really known what Mexican voters think about all this change. Yet those attitudes matter because the contending candidates for the presidency have outlined starkly different visions for the future. In March 2018, we ran—in tandem with The Brookings Institution, the University of California at San Diego, the global consultancy IHS Markit, and a leading Mexican newspaper, El Financiero—the first systematic poll of Mexican voter attitudes on energy reforms. This paper explains the results of the poll, key insights, and policy lessons.
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Leveraging its strengths in molecular biology, clinical research and pharmaceutical sciences, the University of California San Diego has now launched a new Center for Anti-Parasitic Drug Discovery and Development to address an unmet need in global health.
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The unique composition of a mother’s breastmilk may help to reduce food sensitization in her infant, report researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine with colleagues in Canada.
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In a new survey of science research around the world, three San Diego powerhouses pulled in top ratings, according to the prestigious science journal Nature. The ratings are based on research published in 82 top scientific journals. UC San Diego came in sixth nationally among academic institutions, and 12th place worldwide. Among life sciences at academic institutions, the university finished fifth both globally and nationally.
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Researchers studying the impact of extreme climate conditions on biodiversity found a “tipping point” at which species, under pressure from dwindling food supplies due to climate change, must either evolve to take advantage of different food supplies or face extinction. Adam Siepielski, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas, and Seth Haney, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California San Diego, created a computer model to test how events like drought, flooding and heat waves affect adaptive evolution.
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Inaugural UP Summit brought together researchers and policymakers for the good of the planet
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For the first time since humans have been monitoring, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have exceeded 410 parts per million averaged across an entire month, a threshold that pushes the planet ever closer to warming beyond levels that scientists and the international community have deemed "safe." The rate of growth is about 2.5 parts per million per year, said Ralph Keeling, who directs the CO2 program at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which monitors the readings. The rate has been increasing, with the decade of the 2010s rising faster than the 2000s.
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A recent report by 30 leading scientists warned of “existential” threats to humanity posed by climate change. As coauthors of that report, we did not choose such a term lightly or with a melodramatic intent to scare people into action. It was a simple statement of scientific opinion based on more than 35 years of data: There is a risk that society could experience catastrophic extreme weather and climate events much sooner than we had anticipated, in fact, within decades. The ten campuses of the University of California under the umbrella of its carbon neutrality initiative have already developed solutions covering societal transformation, governance, market incentives, technological measures and ecosystem management to bring down emissions of climate warming pollutants to zero.