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$3.9 million NSF research grant seeks to reduce crops' fertilizer dependence

A research team including Huck Institutes affiliate Costas Maranas was recently awarded a $3.9 million National Science Foundation grant to understand how blue-green algae convert nitrogen into oxygen.

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Turning biologists into programmers

Research by Huck Institutes affiliate Howard Salis demonstrates how synthetic life could create real benefits.

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Kateryna Makova honored as Penn State's Francis R. Pentz and Helen M. Pentz Professor of Science

Huck Institutes affiliate Kateryna Makova, a professor of biology at Penn State, has been honored by the University's Eberly College of Science by being appointed the Francis R. and Helen M. Pentz Professor of Science.

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Caribou may be indirectly affected by sea-ice loss in the Arctic

Melting sea ice in the Arctic may be leading, indirectly, to fewer caribou calf births and higher calf mortality in Greenland, according to Penn State scientists led by Huck Institutes affiliate Eric Post.

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Adjusting bacteria in intestines may lead to obesity treatments

A drug that appears to target specific intestinal bacteria in the guts of mice may create a chain reaction that could eventually lead to new treatments for obesity and diabetes in humans, according to a team of researchers that includes Huck Institutes affiliate Andrew Patterson.

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Grad researcher investigates the role of specialized bone marrow cells

NIH Bridge Program scholar and Huck Institutes graduate student Walter Jackson III aims to slow bone metastasis.

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Scientists discover the origins of genomic "dark matter"

A duo of Penn State scientists that includes Huck Institutes affiliate B. Franklin Pugh has achieved a major milestone in understanding how genomic "dark matter" originates.

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Transplanting fat may be effective treatment for metabolic disease

Transplanting fat may treat such inherited metabolic diseases as maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) by helping the body process the essential amino acids that these patients cannot, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers including Huck Institutes affiliate Christopher Lynch.

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Marylyn Ritchie honored as an invited Kavli fellow for the third year in a row

Marylyn Ritchie, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and the director of the Center for Systems Genomics at Penn State, has been selected as a 2013 Kavli fellow and has been invited to serve as a member of the organizing committee for the Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium. This is the third time Ritchie has received Kavli honors.

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Genome of elastomeric materials creates novel materials

A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science, and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers that includes Huck Institutes affiliate Melik Demirel.

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Researchers discover rare fossil ape cranium in China

In an extremely rare find, researchers including Huck Institutes affiliate Nina Jablonski have discovered the juvenile cranium of a fossil ape from Shuitangba, a Miocene site in Yunnan Province, China.

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Microencapsulation produces uniform drug release vehicle

Consistently uniform, easily manufactured microcapsules containing a brain cancer drug may simplify treatment and provide more tightly controlled therapy, according to Penn State researchers including Huck Institutes affiliate Mohammad Abidian.

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Researchers track antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella from farm to fork

Continuing research on Salmonella may enable researchers to identify and track strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria as they evolve and spread, according to researchers including Huck Institutes affiliate Edward Dudley in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

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Huck Institutes graduate student studying ecological impacts of increased noise on animals

Ecology doctoral candidate Jenny Tennessen focuses her research on bioacoustics.

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Huck Institutes researcher elected a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America

In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of entomology, Consuelo De Moraes will be honored at the Society's 61st annual meeting.

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Huck Institutes affiliate receives Early Career Award

From the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, David Puts has received the 2013 Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution, which "recognizes excellent young scientists who have made distinguished theoretical and/or empirical contributions to the study of evolution and human behavior."

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Huck Institutes affiliate receives NIH grant to study crucial genetic mechanism

With the help of an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Scot Kimball will study the relationship between high-fat diets and impairment in the control of a crucial genetic mechanism known as alternative pre-mRNA splicing.

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Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) Workshop well received by attendees

The X-Ray Crystallography Facility held a Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) workshop on August 20th, 2013, which received overwhelmingly positive reviews from attendees.

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Huck Institutes faculty member receives 2013 Silverstein-Simeone Lecture Award

Consuelo De Moraes is recognized for outstanding work at the frontiers of chemical ecology.

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Not all memories fade with age

Huck Institutes affiliate Nancy Dennis finds that changes in brain activity compensate for some types of normal decline in our ability to remember.

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