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TonyCardenas 185x185UC San Diego Health in the Community: Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) visited UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to learn about advancements in drug science and development. He views small parasites called schistosomes through a microscope and learns about the importance of robotics in pharmaceutical science from Dean James McKerrow, MD, PhD, from Skaggs.

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Imagine a biotech company that pledges not to make money. That’s what a San Diego chemist, Marco Biomonte, has done. His non-profit biotech specializes in neglected tropical diseases. Company's unique mission: to develop tests that detect whether someone is infected with worms. The test for river blindness and loaisis would really fill a need, according to Dr. James McKerrow, the dean of UC San Diego’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy.