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Protein studies shed new light on cancer treatment

Recent findings by UW researchers identified the essential role of two proteins in regulating glucose metabolism for stem cell formation. The study has important implications in developing targeted cancer treatments in cancer research and clinical therapies for organ and tissue regeneration.

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Tracking elephant poachers through tusks

Every day, about 100 elephants are killed for their ivory. It is estimated that the species will die out within the next 50 to 100 years if nothing is done to curtail the illegal ivory trade.

UW research associate professor Sam Wasser, director of the Center for Conservation Biology, has dedicated his life to minimizing the negative impacts of humanity’s growth upon wildlife populations, with a special interest in elephant population decimation.

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UW scientists make strides for stem cell research

Sometimes, in order to move forward, one must first move backward.

For the stem cell research field, moving human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) backward toward an earlier developmental stage has been a major challenge to advancing the field forward.

Not anymore. With the recent breakthrough by researchers at the UW Institute of Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM) in generating a naive hESC line, the scientific community can now turn their attention to exciting new challenges.

UW gesture technology increases efficiency of hands-free use

In the brief history of gesture-recognition technology, its application has been limited by the large amount of power that it requires. But now AllSee, a gesture-recognition system being developed by UW researchers, is bringing this technology to smartphones and similar devices.

AllSee uses existing signals put out by other electronic devices to read the users’ hand movements, using 1,000 to 10,000 times less power than similar systems. The technology can even operate on devices without batteries.

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