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Have RNA, will travel

Malaria parasite packs genetic material in preparation for trip from mosquitoes to humans

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Researchers map druggable genomic targets in evolving malaria parasite

Research collaboration use whole genome analyses and chemogenetics to identify new drug targets and resistance genes in 262 parasite cell lines of Plasmodium falciparum — the protozoan pathogen that causes malaria — that are resistant to 37 diverse antimalarial compounds.

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New research agenda for malaria elimination and eradication

Two Penn State researchers have participated in the formulation of a new updated research agenda for global malaria elimination and eradication.

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Agricultural parasite takes control of host plant’s genes

Dodder, a parasitic plant that causes major damage to crops in the U.S. and worldwide every year, can silence the expression of genes in the host plants from which it obtains water and nutrients.

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Two surgical approaches equal in treating infection-caused hydrocephalus

Implanting a shunt or endoscopically reducing intracranial pressure and reducing fluid production are equally effective in treating infants with hydrocephalus caused by brain infections, according to an international team of researchers, but endoscopy may have fewer down-the-line complications.

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Turning pathogens against each other to prevent drug resistance

New research demonstrates that harnessing competition among pathogens inside a patient could extend the life of existing drugs where resistance is already present and prevent resistance to new drugs from emerging.

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Eric Barron's talk to trustees he talked specifically about building biomedical sciences and used the Huck as an example

"He noted Huck Institutes of Life Sciences as the model for the collaboration he wants to build. That pours $15 million a year into research and people studying various areas like infectious disease and neural engineering. It brings together seven colleges, 31 departments, 476 educators and 316 graduate students with groundbreaking equipment in 10 different facilities."

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Survival of the least-fit: antiviral drug selectively targets nastiest viruses

An antiviral drug that inhibits a virus' replication machinery selectively targets the most aggressive viruses, according to new research that looked at the infection of individual cells by a virus and the consequence of antiviral intervention.

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'Zombie ant' brains left intact by fungal parasite

A fungal parasite that infects ants and manipulates their behavior to benefit the fungus' reproduction accomplishes this feat without infecting the ants' brains.

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Cryo-electron microscope to bring life sciences and materials sciences together

A new cryo-electron microscope, cryo-EM, that is also a spectrometer will bring life science methods together with materials science practices together to improve both fields and share methods across disciplines.

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New Huck Program Dedicated to Cancer Bology

Adam Glick, professor of veterinary science, spearheads the development of the new Cancer Biology Program.

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Big Data and Fake News: Training Computers to Detect Misinformation

Can big data and machine learning prevent the spread of misinformation? Join Dongwon Lee and Shyam Sundar on November 2nd as they discuss a research project to understand how fake news spreads and to create methods for detecting it.

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Convergence of Transmission Electron Microscopy Methods for Materials and Life Sciences

On November 3rd there will be a workshop uniting researchers from materials and life sciences to discuss common transmission electron microscopy methods and new instrumentation that will advance both disciplines

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A safe optical fiber for delivering light and drugs into the body

A flexible, biodegradable optical fiber that can deliver light into the body for medical applications.

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Graduate training program in pollinator ecology gets a boost with USDA grant

The $262,000 award will support the Graduate Training Program in Integrative Pollinator Ecology offered by Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research.

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New method for evaluating reproducibility in studies of genome organization

A new statistical method will help to ensure that data are reliable in "big data" studies using a cutting-edge tool for studying how the genome works inside of a cell.

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Professor Andrew Zydney to direct Penn State’s new Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences are delighted to announce that Andrew Zydney, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, will be Director of the new Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology (CoEIB).

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Penn State data scientist to speak on forecasting student success

Drew Wham, a data scientist at Education Technology Services, will discuss "Using Machine Learning to Forecast Student Outcomes."

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$4.92M gift to Penn State for industrial biotechnology education, research

Housed within the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology will serve as a unique hub of multidisciplinary teaching and research

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A Neurosurgeon and an Engineer Walk Into a Lab...

Scientists cross disciplines to develop an implantable device to tackle diseases of the brain

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