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Penn State, TB Alliance, and GSK partner to discover new treatments for TB

A new collaboration between TB Alliance, GSK, and scientists in the Eberly College of Science seeks to find new small molecules that can be used to create antibiotics in the fight against tuberculosis (TB).

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Picky eaters: Bumble bees prefer plants with nutrient-rich pollen

Bumble bees have discriminating palettes when it comes to their pollen meals, according to researchers at Penn State.

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3D printing produces cartilage from strands of bioink

Strands of cow cartilage substitute for ink in a 3D bioprinting process that may one day create cartilage patches for worn out joints, according to a team of engineers.

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Invasive species could cause billions in damages to agriculture

Invasive insects and pathogens could be a multi-billion-dollar threat to global agriculture and developing countries may be the biggest target, according to a team of international researchers.

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Thirty years of research supports cacao farmers, chocolate industry

The 30th anniversary of the Endowed Program in the Molecular Biology of Cocoa -- Penn State's first fully endowed research program -- was celebrated May 31-June 3 on the University Park campus during a symposium titled, "Frontiers in Science and Technology for Cacao Quality, Productivity and Sustainability."

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Researchers to study how microbes become 'fungi in ant's clothing'

A pair of grants worth more than $2 million will enable Penn State researchers to study how microbial parasites control the behaviors and characteristics of their animal hosts.

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Study of fungi-insect relationships may lead to new evolutionary discoveries

Zombie ants are only one of the fungi-insect relationships studied by a team of Penn State biologists in a newly compiled database of insect fungi interactions.

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New targets for vaccines identified on the surface of the malaria parasite

Dozens of potential new protein targets for malaria vaccines have been identified and characterized on the surface of the transmitted sporozoite stage of the malaria parasite in a new research study.

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Programmable materials find strength in molecular repetition

Synthetic proteins based on those found in a variety of squid species' ring teeth may lead the way to self-healing polymers carefully constructed for specific toughness and stretchability that might have applications in textiles, cosmetics and medicine, according to Penn State researchers.

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How Depression and Antidepressant Drugs Work

New insight from depressed mice helps researchers unite two hypotheses

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How did the giraffe get its long neck?

Clues now revealed by new genome sequencing

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New Penn State research initiative part of White House microbiome event

An emerging, cross-disciplinary area of research at Penn State was represented May 13 at a White House event aimed at promoting the study of microbiomes.

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Three honored for commitment to diversity in College of Agricultural Sciences

Three individuals -- including Huck Institutes-cofunded faculty member Pamela Hankey-Giblin -- have received the College of Agricultural Sciences' 2016 Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award.

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NASA taps Penn State geoscientist to join ancient Mars habitability project

When NASA began seeking new scientists to join its Curiosity Mars rover team, Penn State geoscientist Christopher House knew his experience could be a valuable asset to the project.

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13 graduate students receive Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award

Thirteen graduate students -- including Huck Institutes doctoral candidates Alexandra M. Garvin (Physiology) and Varun Vijay Prabhu (Molecular Medicine) and doctoral student Gail L. McCormick (Ecology) -- received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishment and achievement in scholarly research. The graduate students were honored during the inaugural Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

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University honors graduate students with Professional Master’s Excellence Award

Four Penn State graduate students -- including Huck Institutes professional master's candidate Taryn M. Serman and professional master's graduate Fatima Carla Bertulfo (both in Biotechnology) -- received the Professional Master’s Excellence Award.

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University honors 10 graduate assistants with Martin Outstanding Teaching Award

Ten graduate students -- including Huck Institutes doctoral candidates Nathan M. Garvin (Physiology) and Carrie R. Lewis (MCIBS) -- were presented the 2016 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award during the inaugural Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

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Beekeepers sought to assist with research on how landscapes affect bee health

The Penn State Center for Pollinator Research is recruiting beekeepers from Pennsylvania and surrounding states to assist in research on how landscape features affect the quality of apiaries.

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Tap water and table salt may be safer and cheaper for milk production cleanup

A safer option for cleaning milking systems on dairy farms may also decrease cleaning time and cost, according to a team of Penn State engineers.

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Gene-edited mushroom created by Penn State researcher is changing GMO dialogue

The term "genetically modified organism" is almost guaranteed to spark debate in the news and social media, on internet message boards and at the water cooler. Now, the work of a faculty researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has generated a new wave of attention to the ongoing dialogue surrounding GMOs.

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