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MARCH 10, 2017

Research Extras

Emory Medicine Magazine
Emory Medicine magazine profiles members of the Emory Antibiotic Resistance Center — Emory's own Superbug Squad — and graphic artist Jonathan Roy, author of Smallpox Zero, depicts the past, present, and future of antibiotics.

Are we facing a future without antibiotics?
The possibility that our most commonly prescribed drugs, which we've relied on for nearly eight decades to kill infections, will stop working — indeed, in some cases, already have — is nearly unfathomable. Each year, more than two million people in the United States become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and about 23,000 of them die. The Emory Antibiotic Resistance Center is working to help ensure effective antibiotics will continue to be available for current patients and future generations. Read more...

Haian Fu
Many genes that drive the growth of cancer don't have any drugs available against them. A new strategy using genomic data is helping researchers like Haian Fu find new ways to target mutations.
Spider web of cancer proteins reveals new drug possibilities
Scientists at Winship Cancer Institute have mapped a vast spider web of interactions between proteins in lung cancer cells in an effort to reach targets considered "undruggable." This approach is revealing new ways to target cancer-causing gene mutations. As an example, researchers showed sensitivitity to an approved drug for a gene commonly mutated in lung cancer cells, now being tested in a clinical trial. Read more...

Toddlers with autism
Do children with autism avoid eye contact because of aversion, or a lack of perception of social cues? A new study helps provide answers.
Toddlers with autism don't avoid eye contact but do miss its significance
New eyetracking measures show young children with autism don't avoid eye contact on purpose, they just don't understand its importance in social interaction. A better understanding of the underlying reasons behind lack of eye contact could help refine treatments and behavioral interventions for autism spectrum disorder. Read more...

Zika virus
Research on Zika virus in body fluids is important for improving accuracy of testing and preventing transmission.
Study determines how long Zika virus remains in body fluids
A discovery that Zika virus particles remain longer in blood than in urine and some other body fluids means blood serum may be the best diagnostic specimen. But researchers also found that Zika remained longer in semen than in other body fluids, with half of study participants having virus particles after one month and five percent after three months. Read more...

Editor, Holly Korschun, Executive Director of Research Communications
Managing Editor, David S. Stephens, MD, Vice President for Research