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Potential new target for anti-malarial drugs identified

A newly described protein could be an effective target for combating drug-resistant malaria parasites

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Targeting Stem Cells

Two-part system turns stem cells into whatever you want

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Penn State DNA ladders:

Inexpensive molecular rulers for DNA research

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Cocao for Peace

Cacao for Peace is an outgrowth of the historic peace accord signed in November 2016 between the Colombian government and the leftist rebels known as the FARC, after 53 years of civil war.

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Plant cell walls' stretch-but-don't-break growth more complex than once thought

Plant cell wall growth is typically described as a simple process, but researchers using a microscope that can resolve images on the nanoscale level have observed something more complex.

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Penn State and Geisinger team up to establish new program for graduate students

$2.4M program is designed to train the next generation of biomedical scientists

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Ingesting soy protein may ease severity of inflammatory bowel disease

A diet supplemented with soy protein may be an effective adjunct therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases, Penn State researchers reported after completing a study that included mice and cultured human colon cells.

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Researchers aim to eliminate malaria in Southeast Asia

Researchers at Penn State have received more than $1 million in first-year funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate malaria transmission in Southeast Asia with a goal of working toward the disease's elimination in the region. They will receive up to approximately $9 million over seven years for this project.

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Disease-associated genes routinely missed in some genetic studies

Whole-exome DNA sequencing — a technology that saves time and money by sequencing only protein-coding regions and not the entire genome — may routinely miss detecting some genetic variations associated with disease, according to Penn State researchers who have developed new ways to identify such omissions.

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Rapid screening machine can read and separate protein sequences

The structural properties of proteins that could eventually become important materials for manufacturing and medicine are revealed by a novel optical technique that works rapidly to sort through amino acid sequences even inside living bacteria, according to a team of engineers.

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Invent Penn State’s Fund For Innovation helps start seven new ventures

A little less than two years after the launch of the Fund for Innovation, Invent Penn State has backed nearly 50 emerging Penn State technologies and has provided startup funding to promising new ventures that were born out of the program.

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Using metabolomics to assess potential toxicity of plasticizers

The Omiecinski Lab collaborates with the Metabolomics Facility.

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Professor’s TEDxPSU talk about benefits of conflict featured on TED.com

Jonathan Marks advocated conflict between government and corporations in his TED talk, which has been featured on TED.com.

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Announcing the second annual Life Science Symposium

The Symposium will be held May 18 and 19, 2017, with the aim of promoting communication and collaboration among the life science students and faculty at the University Park and Hershey campuses.

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You're invited to the Blue-White Science Expo on Saturday, April 22, 2017

Join Penn State's research community and show your support for science at the Blue-White Science Expo! The Science Expo will feature lightning talks in each of Penn State's five areas of focus: Enhancing Health, Stewarding our Planet's Resources, Driving Digital Innovation, Transforming Education, and Advancing the Arts & Humanities.

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Talk to focus on new National Institutes of Health rules

Directors from Penn State's Office for Research Protections will present a 15-minute overview on the recent and upcoming changes to National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research at noon on May 2 in 112 Henderson Building.

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Fast capture of cancer markers will aid in diagnosis and treatment

A nanoscale product of human cells that was once considered junk is now known to play an important role in intercellular communication and in many disease processes, including cancer metastasis.

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Ninth biennial Workshop in Virus Evolution a success

Marilyn Roossinck reflects on the international meeting of virologists.

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2017 Graduate Exhibition award winners announced

Forty-one graduate students -- including Adwitia Dey of the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Integrative and Biomedical Physiology -- received awards for their research and creative scholarship in the 32nd annual Graduate Exhibition, held March 24 and 26 on Penn State's University Park campus.

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Can computers one day understand emotions? New patent paves the way

A new patent awarded to a Penn State team led by James Wang, professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology; Reginald Adams, associate professor of psychology in the College of the Liberal Arts; Jia Li, professor of statistics in the Eberly College of Science; and Michelle Newman, professor of psychology, takes the next step in computer learning techniques in the hopes that computers can one day understand the complex realm of human feelings.

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