Machine learning that predicts anti-cancer drug efficacy

With the advent of pharmacogenomics, machine learning research is well underway to predict patients’ drug response that varies by individual from the algorithms derived from previously collected data on drug responses. Entering high-quality learning data that can reflect a person’s drug response as much as possible is the starting point for improving the accuracy of […]

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Q&A: Pandemic exposed weakness in ensuring healthy food access in child care

When child care programs across the country closed due to COVID, millions of children lost access to the healthy food they had been receiving through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program, exposing the weakness in our country’s systems for ensuring young, low-income children have access to healthy food. Katherine Bauer, assistant professor of […]

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It’s not if, but how, people use social media that impacts their well-being

New research from UBC Okanagan indicates what’s most important for overall happiness is how a person uses social media. Derrick Wirtz, an associate professor of teaching in psychology at the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, took a close look at how people use three major social platforms—Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—and how […]

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Molecular interactions regulating trans-synaptic signalling and synapse formation

Scientists at Korea’s Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) and colleagues have uncovered some of the complex molecular mechanisms involved in the formation of the brain’s neural circuits. Their findings were published in The Journal of Neuroscience and could be relevant for developing treatments for diseases, such as autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia. […]

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‘BAH-code’ reader senses gene-silencing tag in cells

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have identified a new and evolutionarily conserved pathway responsible for “closing down” gene activity in the mammalian cell. The finding is closely related to the Polycomb pathway defined decades ago by a set of classic genetic experiments carried out in fruit flies. UNC Lineberger’s Greg Wang, […]

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