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Social distancing tips from a Penn State expert

As guidance from leading health organizations and the federal government continues to evolve, epidemiologist Matt Ferrari, associate professor of biology at Penn State, shares his expertise on some of our most frequently asked questions.

Developing a novel oral antibiotic to treat multidrug-resistant gonorrhea

Up to $2.86M has been awarded to a research team including Penn State scientists to develop a new oral antibiotic to treat multidrug-resistant gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease caused by bacteria that have developed resistance to all but one existing antibiotic.

Improving success of giraffe translocations

Researchers advise that Giraffes being translocated for conservation purposes should be moved in groups that contain at least 30 females and three males to ensure long-term population success.

Pesticide seed coatings are widespread but underreported

​Pesticide-coated seeds — such as neonicotinoids, many of which are highly toxic to both pest and beneficial insects — are increasingly used in the major field crops, but are underreported, in part, because farmers often do not know what pesticides are on their seeds, according to an international team of researchers.​

Knowing why bacteria are great upstream swimmers may prevent serious infections

New findings on how bacteria can maintain persistent and fast upstream swimming motion over distances comparable with many human organs, may help prevent life-threatening infections, according to a team of international researchers.

In the Metabolomics Core Facility, vials filled with extracts of bodily fluid wait in an auto-sampler. Each sample will be passed through a chromatography system that sorts the complex sample into its constituents. Droplets of the separated sample are then misted into the mass spectrometer for analysis.IMAGE: PATRICK MANSELL

Listening to your gut: A powerful new tool on the microbiome and cell metabolism

Many aspects of our lives — not only the presence or absence of certain diseases, but conditions like obesity, sleep patterns, even mood — may be determined, to a surprising extent, by the microbes living inside of us.

Gene regulatory factors enable bacteria to kill rivals and establish symbiosis

Two factors that control the expression of a key gene required by luminescent bacteria to kill competing bacterial cells have been identified. The finding, by researchers at Penn State, sheds light on the molecular mechanisms that enable different strains of bacteria to compete and establish symbiosis in the Hawaiian bobtail squid.

PSU aspiration bioprinted on the bottom of a glass Petri dish.  The spheroids of tissue can be seen. IMAGE: PATRICK MANSELL

Machine sucks up tiny tissue spheroids and prints them precisely

A new method of bioprinting uses aspiration of tiny biologics such as spheroids, cells and tissue strands, to precisely place them in 3D patterns either on scaffolding or without to create artificial tissues with natural properties, according to Penn State researchers.

CSL Behring Scholarship Recipients (left to right) Nicole Guise, Yihao Lin, Matthew Aronson, Morgan Roggenbaum, Hinkal Patel, Brianna Frederick.

Nineteen Penn State students from Six Departments Earn Prestigious CSL Behring Scholarships in Industrial Biotechnology

Each year, Penn State’s Center of Excellence of Industrial Biotechnology awards scholarships to undergraduate students demonstrating academic achievement and involvement in the field of industrial biotechnology.

Imtiaz Ahmad Represents Microbiome Center at Plant and Animal Genome Conference

Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad, a postdoctral researcher working in Mary Barbercheck's lab, represented Penn State's Microbiome Center last month at the annual Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego.