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Researcher develops novel strategy to improve crops and treat diseases

A novel strategy to enhance genome editing promises to increase the efficiency of making genetic improvements in a wide range of organisms, a new study suggests.

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Paul Medvedev receives National Science Foundation CAREER award

NSF award will provide funding for Medvedev to develop algorithms for big genomic data

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Nerve-cell signaling traced back to common ancestor of humans and sea anemone

New research led by by Tim Jegla shows that a burst of evolutionary innovation in the genes responsible for electrical communication among nerve cells in our brains occurred over 600 million years ago in a common ancestor of humans and the sea anemone.

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Andrew Read named Eberly Professor in Biotechnology

Andrew F. Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD), has been named the Eberly Professor in Biotechnology at Penn State.

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To beet or not to beet? Researchers test theories of beet juice benefits

Athletes who down beet juice before exercising to increase blood flow and improve performance may be surprised at the results of a recent study conducted at Penn State's Noll Laboratory.

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Six Huck faculty among sixteen named distinguished professors at Penn State

Reka Albert, James Broach, Katherine Freeman, Eric Harvill, Susan McHale, and Rongling Wu are among the faculty awarded a distinguished professorship by the Penn State Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

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Penn State and Geisinger announce new collaborative gene research project

Marylyn Ritchie, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and director of the Center for Systems Genomics in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State University, will lead a collaborative effort between Penn State and Geisinger Research to connect the genome data of 100,000 anonymous patients with their medical histories, in order to identify the genetic and environmental basis of human disease.

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In Mojave Desert tortoise, looking for answers to bigger questions

Huck researchers attempt to guide and improve conservation success through studying the Mojave Desert tortoise.

When construction projects -- such as new roads or buildings – may jeopardize local wildlife habitat, the animals are typically moved to another location; wildlife managers call this “translocation.”

 

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Receptor may be key to treating nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Inhibiting a nuclear receptor in the gut could lead to a treatment for a liver disorder that affects almost 30 percent of the Western world's adult population, according to an international team of researchers.

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Manuel Llinás receives grant from Gates Foundation to continue novel study of malaria parasite

Manuel Llinás, a Huck-cofunded researcher and associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State has been awarded two years of Phase II funding for a Grand Challenges Exploration Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Llinás's research will use mass spectrometry-based metabolomics to profile the metabolic effects of hundreds of anti-malarial compounds against Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites, with the goal of defining next-generation antimalarials to be used in malaria endemic regions to stave off the h

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New video profile: Elyse Muñoz

Elyse Muñoz -- a Ph.D. candidate in the Huck Institutes' Genetics program -- studies the malaria parasite.

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New video profile: Emily Finch

Emily Finch -- a Ph.D. candidate in the Huck Institutes' Immunology and Infectious Diseases program -- studies relationships between diet and disease.

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New video profile: Marta Byrska-Bishop

Marta Byrska-Bishop -- a Ph.D. candidate in the Huck Institutes' Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Biosciences program -- studies genomics and gene regulation in relation to inherited diseases.

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New video profile: Bill Turbitt & Connie Rogers

Physiology Ph.D. candidate Bill Turbitt and faculty researcher Connie Rogers study the impact of behavioral and dietary interventions on immunity and cancer risk and development.

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Living African group discovered to be the most populous humans over the last 150,000 years

New genetic research reveals that a small group of hunter-gatherers now living in Southern Africa once was so large that it comprised the majority of living humans during most of the past 150,000 years.

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Major new study reveals new similarities and differences between mice and humans

Powerful clues have been discovered about why the human immune system, metabolism, stress response, and other life functions are so different from those of the mouse.

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Graduate students, faculty share the 'PhUn' in physiology at elementary school

During the American Physiological Society's annual PhUn (Physiology Understanding) Week initiative, Penn State graduate students and faculty from the Huck Institutes' Intercollege Graduate Degree Program (IGDP) in Physiology partnered with a local elementary school to help first- and second-grade students explore basic concepts in physiology and better understand the study of how living things work.

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Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old

Learning a new language changes your brain network both structurally and functionally, according to Penn State researchers.

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Never-before-seen insights into deer movement offered on research website

Two years into a study of factors influencing forest regeneration in Pennsylvania, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are offering never-before-seen insights into deer movement.

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Battling drug-resistant pathogens

Biologist Andrew Read argues for new treatment strategies in race against rapidly evolving 'bugs.'

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