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Daily Pilot, Feb. 6, 2020
UC Irvine chemistry professors develop method for early cancer detection
Gregory Weiss describes cancer as molecules run amok. “[Molecules are] hijacking cells and going nuts and forcing cancer cells to produce lots and lots of copies of themselves,” said Weiss, a professor of chemistry at UC Irvine. “These molecules can appear in urine, in blood — if we can detect those, we have a way of diagnosing cancer.” The Irvine start-up PhageTech Inc. — founded in 2014 by Weiss and Reginald Penner, also a professor of chemistry at UCI — applies bacteriophage engineered to recognize cancer-associated proteins. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 7, 2020
How to Prevent the Next Election Meltdown
Richard Hasen, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law and political science writes, “Most American voters in 2020 are much more likely to be disenfranchised by an incompetent election administrator than by fraud, suppression or Russian hacking. … Fortunately, it is not too late to take steps to try to fix the problems.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries

PRI, Feb. 6, 2020
Oscar-nominated ‘Parasite’ speaks to a growing divide in South Korea
“Hollywood has always tended to depict [inequality] as a dystopia or an apocalypse … We never comment on the present-day phenomenon. We only point to the future,” said Kyung Hyun Kim, a professor of East Asian studies and visual studies at the University of California, Irvine. “‘Parasite’ is addressing social problems that Hollywood refuses to look at.”

Chemistry World, Feb 4, 2020
Test for antibiotic resistance genes provides answers within an hour
Now researchers at the University of California, Irvine led by Weian Zhao, have designed a PCR system that can use whole blood, meaning they do not need to culture or process the sample, something he says was impossible before. … In addition to the massive time saving this affords, the sensitivity of this method is 10–100 times better than existing methods, credited to the three dimensional particle counting method that Zhao’s team has developed.

The Hindu, Feb. 6, 2020 (Book review)
The power of money
In his book ‘A Cultural History of Money’, Bill Maurer, Dean of the School of Social Sciences at University of California, has comprehensively explained the evolution of green notes from the ancient barter.

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