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Giving thanks at Scripps Research

The Scripps Research Institute is particularly grateful this Thanksgiving season to all the scientists, funders, and supporters who make our life-changing work possible.

Our unique approach to biomedical research has resulted in a better understanding of and treatment for diseases that affect millions of people. Last month we were thrilled to hear that Bruce Beutler, chair of the Department of Genetics at Scripps Research and director of the Center for the Genetics of Host Defense at UT Southwestern Medical Center, was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

We couldn't be more grateful for his exceptional work – and generous friends like you who keep us moving towards the next breakthrough.

Read reactions from Dr. Beutler's colleagues on his Nobel Prize win »

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Milestones in Medical Science

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Scientists Establish a New Class of Anti-Diabetic Compound

A new study out of The Scripps Research Institute and Harvard University's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute could lead to a new class of anti-diabetic therapeutics.

Published in the journal Nature in September, the study describes a new compound that targets a unique molecular switch that plays a role in the disease. The finding paves the way for new anti-diabetes drugs without the adverse side effects that plague current drugs like Avandia, which has raised concerns about increased risk of heart attack.

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Removing hurdles in stem cell techniques

Stem cells made from patients' own cells hold tremendous promise for treating a wide range of diseases, but current reprogramming techniques have scientists worried about dangerous mutations.

But a sophisticated new analysis of stem cell DNA by one of Scripps Research's young scientific stars shows that such fears may be unwarranted.

"We've shown that the standard reprogramming method can generate induced pluripotent stem cells that have very few DNA structural mutations," said Kristin Baldwin, Associate Professor at The Scripps Research Institute's Dorris Neuroscience Center.

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The most important blessing

When families gather to count their blessings, health often tops the list. Scripps Research scientists dedicate their lives to spreading the blessing of health to people across the globe. This year, do more than just say thank you – help researchers ensure better health for generations to come.

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Take Advantage of Tax Benefits While There's Still Time

At this time when the competition for diminished federal funding has increased, your support continues to be the lifeblood of our scientists' research. Help a friend, neighbor, or loved one today by making an investment in the future health of people worldwide.

Any donation – no matter what the size – helps the cause, and those made before December 31 are tax deductible on 2011 tax returns.

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