Gladstone in the News

The Gladstone Institutes is gratified to receive media attention from around the globe. Check out the highlights of recent press coverage of Gladstone scientists and research. For other news, please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

HIV's dormant period helps it spread as part of the virus’ evolutionary survival strategy
February 26, 2015

Scientists have long thought that HIV's tendency to lay dormant within a person for 10 years or more was due to the behavior of the cells it infects or an error in the disease’s programming, but new evidence suggests that this inactivity may be an evolutionary strategy to help the virus to survive and spread.

Small DNA changes separate chimp and human brains
February 20, 2015

Early research by Dr. Katherine Pollard identified many regions of the human genome that appear to be evolving quickly. New research suggests these areas are responsible for differentiating human brains from chimpanzee brains. 

Just a bit of DNA helps explain humans' big brains
February 19, 2015

Dr. Katherine Pollard says it's easy to find genetic differences between humans and chimpanzees, but it's hard to know precisely what these differences are doing. In Dr. Pollard's lab, scientists are exploring human and chimp DNA with stem cells in a dish and are using genome engineering to study the effects of these differences.

Fast-evolving human DNA leads to bigger-brained mice
February 19, 2015

Dr. Katherine Pollard comments on new research that investigates how super-evolving parts of our genome differentiated our brains from chimpanzees'. Dr. Pollard was one of the first researchers to identify these special genome sequences, dubbed "human-accelerated regions."

Vest designed to chill away pounds
February 18, 2015

Dr. Sheng Ding is working to develop a drug that can convert energy-storing white fat into calorie-burning brown fat. He says this could help improve weight loss and treat obesity or diabetes.

Gene editing comes of healthcare age
February 16, 2015

This month, the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco reported a chemical trick that substantially increases the efficiency of gene editing using CRISPR technology.

Protein treatment staves off Alzheimer’s disease symptoms
February 12, 2015

A new paper in the Journal of Neuroscience from scientists at the Gladstone Institutes and the University of California, San Francisco describes how manipulating levels of a protein associated with memory can stave off Alzheimer’s symptoms, even in the presence of the disease-causing toxins.

If this pill prevents HIV, why is no one taking it?
February 10, 2015

It’s been over a year since The FDA approved Truvada, a once a day medication that prevents HIV infection. But why are so few people taking it? Dr. Robert Grant talks about the drug and why it’s slow to catch on.

Gladstone scientists map new attack on Alzheimer's — already armed with drugs
January 26, 2015

Blocking a pathway that plays a critical role in cleaving memories could halt memory loss in Alzheimer's disease patients, according to scientists at the Gladstone Institutes.

Stem cell research at a tipping point
December 23, 2014

Dr. Deepak Srivastava discusses the exciting potential of using our bodies' own cells to regenerate damaged tissue. This is especially critical for creating new heart muscle from support cells after a heart attack.