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The small body size associated with the pygmy phenotype is probably a selective adaptation for rainforest hunter-gatherers, according to an international team of researchers that includes Huck Institutes faculty scientist George Perry, but all African pygmy phenotypes do not have the same genetic underpinning, suggesting a more recent adaptation than previously thought. Pygmy phenotype developed many times, adaptive to rainforest - Full article
A parasitic fungus that must kill its ant hosts outside their nest to reproduce and transmit its infection, manipulates its victims to die in the vicinity of the colony, ensuring a constant supply of potential new hosts, according to researchers at Penn State and colleagues at Brazil's Federal University of Vicosa. Zombie ant fungi manipulate hosts to die on the 'doorstep' of the colony - Full article
Penn State’s Department of Kinesiology and Intercollege Program in Physiology, part of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, have received a $1,353,144, five-year pre-doctoral training grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Training program for kinesiology, physiology students receives $1.3M grant - Full article
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