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Watch DNA Being Stolen, in Real Time
July 20, 2018

For the first time ever, we can actually see a bacterium steal a piece of DNA in real time. In the video you'll find at the link above, the bacterium Vibrio cholerae reaches out and grabs a free-floating piece of DNA so that it can stitch it into its genome.…

Irina M. Bochkis has made a discovery that suggests how we might turn back the clock on aging and reverse diabetes, fatty liver disease and other metabolic diseases.
How We Could Reverse Aging Using Viruses
May 28, 2018

Our Irina Bochkis, PhD, has made a discovery that suggests we could cure or prevent fatty liver disease, diabetes and other metabolic diseases -- and possibly even reverse aging itself -- by removing wrinkles inside our cells. Much as our skin wrinkles with age, so does the membrane surrounding our…

Anindya Dutta, PhD, is the chairman of the UVA Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics.
How Our Cells Repair Damaged DNA
November 8, 2017

Our Anindya Dutta, MD, PhD, has made an important discovery suggesting that 10 percent to 15 percent of prostate cancer and lymphomas have a genetic weakness that makes them particularly vulnerable to chemotherapy and radiation therapy. That should be very good news for patients with that subset of cancers. But…

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Better Predicting, Preventing and Treating Disease
May 11, 2017

Several interesting projects designed to better predict, prevent and treat disease have received funding as part of UVA's research partnership with Inova Health System, according to an announcement that went out today. Nine joint research teams from UVA and Inova will receive a total of nearly $450,000 from the two…