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.
$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.
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.
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.
New HGSAC Leadership Looks to Build on Recent Success
Experienced HGSAC member Bruce Chen replaces departing Kelly Ness as Graduate Adviser
Don't avoid the outdoors, avoid tick bites
Penn State researchers' study of tick-borne disease dynamics could thwart future outbreaks
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.
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
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.
A newly discovered reef offers important lessons in resilience
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.
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.
Scientists find evidence of 27 new viruses in bees
Study represents largest effort to date to identify novel pathogens in global bee populations
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.
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
Ribbon-cutting Ceremony Celebrates Updated Agricultural Engineering Building
Improvements include new, cutting-edge shared fermentation facility
Six Huck Institutes IGDP students receive awards in spring 2018
Six Huck Institutes students of notable achievement honored with awards
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
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
Cocoa CRISPR: Gene editing shows promise for improving the 'chocolate tree'
Use of the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 could help to breed cacao trees that exhibit desirable traits such as enhanced resistance to diseases, according to Penn State plant scientists.