The Daily brief: August 31, 2011

Aug. 31, 2011, 11:51 p.m.

Drug Discoveries | Stanford and Scrippes Research Institute scientists have found a set of compounds that might prove capable of treating diseases caused by the abnormal folding of the protein transthyretin (TTR).  The drug works by holding the protein to its correct shape and preventing it from clumping together.

Tour the Farm | With summer winding down and school still a month away, now is as good a time as any to visit Stanford as a tourist, says the San Francisco Chronicle. Test your knowledge of campus trivia against there guide featured here.

Trail Update | Stanford’s years-long campaigns to build a system of trails in the area surrounding the campus appears to be nearing an end as many of the involved governments have agreed to its proposals. This program, meant to meet the requirements of the University’s General Use Permit with Santa Clara County, is still awaiting a decision from San Mateo County.

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