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A couple of good genes

James Watson, Francis Crick, Linus Pauling and Rosalind Franklin are staple figures of biology textbooks today, but their names also appear frequently in the professional repertoires of two Stanford genetics professors, husband and wife Leonard “Len” and Leonore “Lee” Herzenberg. The pair met at Brooklyn College in 1952, when Len was a senior and Lee was a freshman. Lee needed an analytic geometry tutor, and a mutual friend introduced her to Len, who tutored high school students at the time. Their friendship blossomed into a relationship, and an engagement came soon thereafter. While their parents expressed concern about the marriage because of the pair’s youth and many remaining years of schooling, Len and Lee fully believed in the connection they shared and were determined to maintain it.

Study identifies protein that shrinks brain lesions in stroke victims

Researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine published a study earlier this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that revealed alpha-B-crystallin, a naturally occurring protein, significantly shrank the size of stroke-induced lesions in the brains of laboratory mice and mitigated the destructiveness of the inflammatory response that follows the stroke.