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Few hatchery brook trout genes present in Pa. watershed wild fish

Researchers electrofishing the bottom of a pool on Loyalsock Creek in northcentral Pennsylvania. They were searching for wild brook trout in a study that included researchers genotyping about 2,000 fish. The research was the first to look at genetic introgression on wild brook trout in an actively stocked watershed.

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Andrew Read named director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Andrew Read has been appointed director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State effective Jan. 1, 2019. Read is an Evan Pugh University Professor of Biology and Entomology, Eberly Professor of Biotechnology and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics.

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$3 million grant will fund new 3D map of brain’s blood vessels

The brain contains a complex web of tiny blood vessels that are responsible for supplying oxygen and nutrients to neurons and other cells. Scientists know they’re there, but they don’t know exactly what they look like — or exactly how they work.

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Plant virus alters competition between aphid species

In the world of plant-feeding insects, who shows up first to the party determines the overall success of the gathering; yet viruses can disrupt these intricate relationships, according to researchers at Penn State.

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New technology improves CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in mosquitoes, other species

Using a newly developed method to deliver gene-editing material to the ovary of an adult mosquito, researchers disabled a gene that caused its offspring on the right to be born with white, rather than dark, eyes.

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New HGSAC Leadership Looks to Build on Recent Success

Experienced HGSAC member Bruce Chen replaces departing Kelly Ness as Graduate Adviser

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Don't avoid the outdoors, avoid tick bites

Penn State researchers' study of tick-borne disease dynamics could thwart future outbreaks

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Your brain with a migraine

When migraine sufferers see the tell-tale squiggly lines, light flashes and blind spots of a migraine aura, they prepare for a migraine. When researchers see the brain image of an aura, they try to figure out what causes it and if there is a way to stop the start of the migraine. Now an international team of researchers has identified the electrical activity specific to the start of migraines and demonstrated a way to stop it in animal experiments.

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Penn State’s Plant Biology Symposium: Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes; a wild and untamed success

The 21st Biennial Penn State Plant Biology Symposium was a four-day event that attracted top scientists from around the world to weave a narrative about the complex and expanding field of phytobiomes

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Gut microbes may partner with a protein to help regulate vitamin D

Microbes in the gut may use a protein in a process that helps the body regulate vitamin D production.

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Buried Treasure

A newly discovered reef offers important lessons in resilience

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An invisible world: Explore the life of 'Zombie Ants' at the Arts Festival

When Daryl Branford — one of the minds behind the groundbreaking multimedia instillation “The Zombie Ant Experience” — first came to Penn State in the 90s, it was the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts that convinced him Penn State was the place for him.

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Peter Hudson recognized as 'Humanitarian of the Year' by Kish Bank

In recognition of his efforts to advancing public health to alleviate human suffering around the world, Peter Hudson, the Willaman Professor of Biology and director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, was recognized by Kish Bank with its Humanitarian of the Year Award on June 21.

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Scientists find evidence of 27 new viruses in bees

Study represents largest effort to date to identify novel pathogens in global bee populations

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Camouflaged nanoparticles used to deliver killer protein to cancer

A biomimetic nanosystem can deliver therapeutic proteins to selectively target cancerous tumors, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

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New Fermentation Facility Brings New Opportunities

With a generous gift from its namesake benefactor, the CSL Behring Fermentation Facility puts Penn State students a step ahead

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Ribbon-cutting Ceremony Celebrates Updated Agricultural Engineering Building

Improvements include new, cutting-edge shared fermentation facility

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Six Huck Institutes IGDP students receive awards in spring 2018

Six Huck Institutes students of notable achievement honored with awards

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SciArt: Interacting with Zombie Ants

The Huck Institute of the Life Sciences will present the first in a series of 'SciArt@TheHuck' exhibits when 'The Zombie Ant Experience' opens at the Millennium Science Complex May 21

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Altered body odor indicates malaria even if microscope doesn't

An international team of researchers is working toward a way to identify malaria patients including infected individuals who show no malaria symptoms

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