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Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Image: Existence of new neuron repair pathway discovered
  The Rolls Lab discovers a new neuron repair pathway that could one day help people suffering from nerve damage. read more
Image: Quantifying the genomic variation of herpes viruses is a crucial step toward a vaccine
  Moriah Szpara quantifies herpesvirus variation – a crucial step toward developing an effective vaccine. read more
Image: Modernizing malaria research through a new, interdisciplinary approach to parasitology
  Manuel Llinás uses cutting-edge techniques in metabolomics and genomics to try and beat the malaria-causing Plasmodium parasite. read more
Image: Creating value between classroom, lab, and the world outside
  Graduate students at the Huck Institutes get together in the name of research and scholarship, career advancement, and camaraderie. read more
Image: Investigating roles of rare genetic variants in disease
  Marylyn Ritchie investigates roles of rare genetic variants in disease. read more

Huck 'H'Catalyzing and facilitating excellence in interdisciplinary life science research and education at Penn State    Learn more about the Huck Institutes

Upcoming Events
Apr 21, 2014 Monday 12:10 PM
James Tumlinson (Penn State University)
Dynamic Nature of Plant Volatile Release in Response to Insect Herbivory
Apr 22, 2014 Tuesday 3:00 PM
Evan Eichler (University of Washington)
Resolving the Complex Organization of Human Genome Using SMRT Sequencing Technology
Apr 22, 2014 Tuesday 4:00 PM
Robert Colwell (University of Connecticut)
Modeling Chance and Determinism in Biogeography
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Scientists in the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State -- including Huck Institutes affiliates Christina Grozinger, Christopher Mullin, Katriona Shea, and Reka Albert -- received three grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation to study various threats to honey bees, including disease, pesticides and the extinction and invasion of other species into their habitats. Researchers receive $1.14 million to study threats to honey bees - Full article
Mice on a high-fat diet that consumed decaffeinated green tea extract and exercised regularly experienced sharp reductions in final body weight and significant improvements in health, according to Penn State researchers – including Huck Institutes affiliate Joshua Lambert – who suggest that similar results could be realized by people. Research suggests that green tea, exercise boost weight loss, health - Full article
Stigmatization may have once served to protect early humans from infectious diseases, but that strategy may do more harm than good for modern humans, according to Penn State researchers including Rachel Smith and David Hughes. Stigmas, once evolutionarily sound, are now bad health strategies - Full article