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Tropical tree abundance influences immunity

A recent study by Jim Marden et al. uncovers possible links between genetics, immunity, and ecological dynamics of tropical trees.

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Ming-Yang Ho awarded the Paul Berg Prize in Molecular Biology

Ming-Yang Ho, a student in the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Plant Biology, is this year’s recipient of the Paul Berg Prize in Molecular Biology. It is awarded to an outstanding graduate student by the Eberly College of Science each year.

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Huck Institutes leadership endorses Code of Mutual Respect and Cooperation for Faculty, Staff, and Students

The executive team of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences stands behind these values, which we hope our faculty, staff, and students will exemplify in accord with Penn State principles.

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Seed grants focusing on human health, environment available

Seed grants focused on human health and the environment now are available to Penn State faculty members and researchers. Pilot projects that exhibit innovative approaches to significant problems related to human health and the environment are encouraged to be submitted.

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Genomics Core Facility acquires PacBio Sequel DNA Sequencer

The Penn State Genomics Core Facility at University Park has recently upgraded its capabilities with the acquisition of a PacBio Sequel DNA sequencer.

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Considering cattle could help eliminate malaria in India

The goal of eliminating malaria in countries like India could be more achievable if mosquito-control efforts take into account the relationship between mosquitoes and cattle, according to an international team of researchers.

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Ozbolat authors book on 3D bioprinting

Ibrahim Tarik Ozbolat, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, has authored a new book titled “3D Bioprinting: Fundamentals, Principles and Applications,” published by Elsevier (Academic Press).

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Researchers use stem cells to regenerate the external layer of a human heart

A process using human stem cells can generate the cells that cover the external surface of a human heart — epicardium cells — according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers.

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Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science: Free public science minicourse starts Jan. 21

"The Quest for One Healthy Planet" is the 2017 theme of the annual Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science.

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An ecological invasion mimics a drunken walk

A theory that uses the mathematics of a drunken walk describes ecological invasions better than waves, according to Tim Reluga, associate professor of mathematics and biology, Penn State.

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Researchers receive $3.6 million to study genetics of plant disease resistance

A $3.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation will support a new research project aimed at pinpointing the genes that confer disease resistance in cacao.

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New technique uses immune cells to deliver anti-cancer drugs

Some researchers are working to discover new, safer ways to deliver cancer-fighting drugs to tumors without damaging healthy cells. Others are finding ways to boost the body's own immune system to attack cancer cells. Researchers at Penn State have combined the two approaches by taking biodegradable polymer nanoparticles encapsulated with cancer-fighting drugs and incorporating them into immune cells to create a smart, targeted system to attack cancers of specific types.

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Fungus-infecting virus could help track spread of white-nose syndrome in bats

A newly discovered virus infecting the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats could help scientists and wildlife agencies track the spread of the disease that is decimating bat populations in the United States, a new study suggests.

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Research suggests climate change affecting plants above ground more than below

Shifts in plant-growth patterns have been widely reported in response to global warming, and it is well documented that warming generally advances aboveground plant growth, but warming's influence on root phenology is unclear. Most terrestrial biosphere models assume that root and shoot growth occur at the same time and are influenced by warming in the same manner, but recent studies suggest that this is not the case.

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Announcing new Galaxy-based Science Gateways at Penn State

The Institute for CyberScience is now offering consulting services for Penn State researchers interested in building Galaxy-based Science Gateways integrating advanced cyber-infrastructure components (e.g., data collections, instruments, supercomputers, and analytical tools) behind user-friendly interfaces for high-performance computing (HPC) resources.

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Oxygen can wake up dormant bacteria for antibiotic attacks

Bacterial resistance does not come just through adaptation to antibiotics, sometimes the bacteria simply go to sleep. An international team of researchers is looking at compounds that attack bacteria's ability to go dormant and have found the first oxygen-sensitive toxin antitoxin system.

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Grants from NSF power super-resolution microscope, probe cell walls in plants

A new super-resolution microscope and some of the first dynamic imaging experiments it enables are being supported by two grants totaling nearly $1.5 million awarded to Penn State researchers by the National Science Foundation.

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Key regulator of bone development identified

Loss of a key protein leads to defects in skeletal development including reduced bone density and a shortening of the fingers and toes -- a condition known as brachydactyly. ThIS discovery, made by researchers at Penn State University, redefines the role of the Speckle-type POZ Protein (Spop) during bone development and provides a new potential target for the diagnosis and treatment of bone diseases such as osteoporosis.

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Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences builds on commitment to graduate student professional development

Over the past two years, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, with the assistance of members of Penn State’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology program, has built and implemented a developmental system for graduate students in the Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs (IGDPs) in the life sciences.

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Imaging symposium kicks off new cross-campus convergence of materials and life sciences

At the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA, speakers from the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences' Microscopy Facility and the Materials Research Institute's Materials Characterization Lab (MCL) presented new imaging technologies and techniques that are spanning traditional disciplinary boundaries.

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