August 2008  View e-mail online  
The Scripps Research Institute
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One of the World’s Deadliest Diseases

With a death rate of up to 90%, Ebola is one of the world’s deadliest diseases. But thanks to a new breakthrough at Scripps Research, it just got a little less scary.

Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire, Scripps Research scientist, has unlocked a critical mystery about the structure of the Ebola virus – a vital clue to how the virus deceives our immune systems. Not only is her research a major breakthrough for Ebola, but it has wide-ranging implications for the study of other viruses.

Milestones in Medical Science

New Way to Evaluate Cancer Drugs

If you are a cancer patient waiting for a new type of treatment to hit the market, every day matters. But the average time for a drug to go from research to market is about seven and a half years.

Patrick Griffin, Professor and Director of Scripps Florida’s Translational Research Institute, has developed a new test that helps determine how effective drugs are likely to be for the treatment of diseases like breast cancer and osteoporosis… His novel method promises to be a huge advantage in getting targeted drugs to market.

Other News

Paving the Way for New Alzheimer’s Tests and Treatment

At age 65, five out of every 100 people are living with Alzheimer's disease, a progressive and fatal brain disorder. Yet despite its tremendous reach, much is still unknown about this debilitating disorder.

New research by Scripps Research scientist Claes Wahlestedt offers an exciting clue to how Alzheimer's disease progresses. His team has been the first to discover a specialized form of RNA that is directly linked to the progression of the disease… and his research is paving the way for the development of new diagnostic tests and treatment.


Facts & Figures
Scripps Research scientists completed the total chemical synthesis of the anti-cancer drug, Taxol, approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of ovarian cancer.
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Molecules that Changed the World

From wonder drugs that save lives to nerve poisons used in bio-terrorism, chemical discovery has profoundly influenced history. In his new book, "Molecules that Changed the World", Scripps Research's award-winning chemist, K.C. Nicolaou reveals the secrets behind the history and the chemistry of these ground-breaking discoveries.

We invite you to listen to Dr. K.C. Nicolaou discuss his new book on September 3rd as we open a new season of Frontiers in Science.


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