Even zombies need an agent
While unraveling a dramatic case of mind control, biologist David Hughes brought the real science behind zombies to the big-screen Hollywood blockbuster "World War Z."
Avocado farmers face unique foe in fungal-farming beetle
Beetles with unusual "green thumbs" for growing fungi are threatening avocado crops and could transform into a more destructive pest, according to an international team of researchers that includes Huck Institutes affiliate David Geiser.
Mathematical models target disease with drugs chosen by your DNA
Medicines that are personally tailored to your DNA are becoming a reality, thanks to the work of U.S. and Chinese scientists including Huck Institutes affiliate Rongling Wu who have developed statistical models to predict which drug is best for a specific individual with a specific disease.
Drought response identified in potential biofuel plant
Drought resistance is key to large-scale production of Jatropha, a potential biofuel plant, and an international group of scientists that includes Huck Institutes affiliate John Carlson has identified the first step toward engineering a hardier variety.
Understanding bulls' gene-rich Y chromosomes may improve herd fertility
Researchers including Huck Institutes affiliate Wansheng Liu have found that, surprisingly, the Y chromosomes of cattle have more genes and are more active than the Y chromosomes of a variety of primates and other mammals.
How does oil affect corals?
By the time a coral exposed to oil shows signs of sickness, it may already be close to death. That's why Huck Institutes affiliate Iliana Baums is investigating the use of molecular tools to detect signs of stress in corals before they become ill and to determine just how much oil is lethal to corals.
Biologist investigates lasting ecological impacts of Deepwater Horizon oil spill
At the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, in the vicinity of the Macondo well, Huck Institutes affiliate Charles Fisher discovered previously unseen impacts on coral communities.
When people go viral over plant viruses
While we tend to think of viruses as nasty germs that we try desperately to get rid of, only a small percentage of viruses are pathogens, said Huck Institutes affiliate Marilyn Roossinck in a recent presentation at the Millennium Cafe.
Video data-sharing library for developmental science established
In the largest project of its kind, Databrary an open-source, web-based video-data-sharing library sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health is being created by an interdisciplinary team of scientists that includes Huck Institutes affiliate Rick Gilmore.
Infectious disease research gets a boost from websites, blogs, and social media
While public health officials around the world are on alert about the pandemic potential of new disease threats, a team that includes Penn State University biologist Marcel Salathe is developing innovative new systems and techniques to track the spread of infectious diseases, with the help of news websites, blogs, and social media.
Microbiology experts will visit Penn State for the American Society for Virology's annual meeting
More than 1,200 leading microbiology and virus experts will take part in the American Society for Virology's 32nd annual meeting, to be held from July 20-24 at Penn State's University Park campus.
Penn State biologist is among 3 winners of 2013 Kyoto Prizes
Masatoshi Nei, an evolutionary biologist at Penn State and an affiliate of the Huck Institutes, is among the three winners of the Kyoto Prizes for 2013, the Inamori Foundation announced on Friday.
Researchers to focus on factors affecting forest regeneration
Over the next several years, Penn State researchers including Huck Institutes affiliate Duane Diefenbach in the College of Agricultural Sciences will study factors affecting forest regeneration in Pennsylvania.
Genome instability studies could change treatment for cancer and other diseases
Making steps toward the realization of personalized genomic medicine, Huck Institutes affiliates at the Center for Medical Genomics are finding and analyzing hotspots of genomic instability and mutation known as microsatellites.
Sound waves precisely position nanowires
An interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers that includes Huck Institutes affiliate Tony Jun Huang can, by using sound waves, place nanowires in repeatable patterns for potential use in a variety of sensors, optoelectronics, and nanoscale circuits.
Rescuing honey bee hives
Honey bee colonies are collapsing in record numbers, and Penn State entomologists -- including Huck Institutes affiliate Christina Grozinger -- are leading the pack of researchers scrambling to figure out why.
Huck Institutes researcher featured by Chemical Heritage Foundation's "Distillations"
Koraly Perez-Edgar, a Huck Institutes affiliate in the Department of Psychology at Penn State, talks about cerebral development in utero and in young children.
3 billion-year-old microfossils include plankton
Spindle-shaped inclusions in 3 billion-year-old rocks are microfossils of plankton that probably inhabited the oceans around the globe during that time, according to an international team of researchers that includes Huck Institutes affiliate Christopher House.
Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and autism now can be studied with mature brain cells reprogrammed from skin cells
A research team led by Huck Institutes affiliate Gong Chen has developed a new method for obtaining mature neurons from reprogrammed skin cells, allowing difficult-to-study diseases such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and autism to be probed more safely and effectively.
Huck Institutes acquire a new multi-laser, biosafety level 2 (BSL2)-capable cell sorter
The Huck Institutes Microscopy and Cytometry Facility is preparing laboratory space within the Millennium Science Complex for its latest major equipment acquisition, a Beckman Coulter MoFlo Astrios cell sorter.