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Carnivorous mice spread deadly plague in prairie dog towns

The abundance of the carnivorous grasshopper mouse determines whether or not prairie dog colonies live or die by the thousands from plague. This discovery, reported in a recent study co-authored by Dr. Marcel Salathe, a new member of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at the Huck Institutes, may have critical ramifications on understanding plague dynamics in Africa and Asia.

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Faculty appointments in systems and computational genomics

We seek computer and information scientists, social scientists, life scientists, physicists, mathematicians, statisticians and biomedical researchers interested in analyzing genomic data, undertaking systems and functional genomics and in applying these results to a broad range of biological problems.

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Yingwei Mao joins the Center faculty

MIT post-doctoral fellow Yingwei Mao joins the Center's faculty in January 2011.

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Yingwei Mao joins the Center faculty

MIT post-doctoral fellow Yingwei Mao joins the Center's faculty in January 2011.

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Genetically defective mice shed new light on treating depression

Researchers led by Dr. Bernhard Luscher have characterized a new mouse model of depression that points to a new cause of Major Depressive Disorder in humans. The mice suffer from a genetic deficiency in GABA-A-receptors, and they exhibit hormonal and pharmacological properties indicative of a form of depression known as Melancholic Depression.

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Critical metabolic sensor uncovered in the fight against diabetes

Diabetes, A Journal of the American Diabetes Association: Sounak Gupta, Barbara McGrath and Douglas R. Cavener, Department of Biology, The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Penn State Institute for Diabetes and Obesity

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Beth Shapiro selected as National Geographic Emerging Explorer

Molecular biologist Beth Shapiro has been selected by National Geographic as one of the world's most visionary young explorers.

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PLoS One: Unraveling the Secrets of Down Syndrome?

A surprising and crucial new structural model of complex protein and chromosomal interactions which can lead to Down's Syndrome and similar disorders has been discovered through an innovative method of minichromosome isolation and analysis.

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Congratulations to the Neuroscience Pilot Project Recipients

11 projects from the 36 submissions were chosen to be funded in the amount of $559,631.

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Electron Microscopy facility receives new digital camera

Jenoptik digital camera is now available on two optical microscopes in the EM facility.

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PLoS Pathogens: Are poultry vaccines endangering future bird populations?

Attenuated live poultry vaccines are genetically recombining with wild virus strains, setting the stage for unpredictable and challenging future disease outbreaks in wild and domestic bird populations.

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Selection of the first group of students

Eleven PhD candidates were selected for the program.

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Life sciences research advances rapidly at Penn State

Working to take life sciences research to the next level, progress continues on the Millennium Science Complex which will unite researchers and advance interdisciplinary research.

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Nature: Ending the devastation of blight?

Researchers make critical discovery in the ability to manage the potentially disastrous effects of fungal diseases in agricultural settings.

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Tom Slewinski receives Alumni Association Dissertation Award

Plant Biology student, Tom Slewinski, was one of 13 graduate students to receive the 2010 Alumni Association Dissertation Award.

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9th International Skin Carcinogenesis Conference

Biannual conference coming up in June 2010. Registrations are being taken now.

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Lauren Mordasky-Markell receives Dermal toxicology student research award

Huck Institutes graduate student, Lauren Mordasky-Markell, received the Dermal Toxicology Specialty Section Battelle Student Research Award at the 49th Annual Society of Toxicology meeting.

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Climate, not humans to blame for musk ox population decline

A team of scientists has discovered that the decline in arctic musk ox populations is a result of a warming climate rather than human hunting.

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WISE honors Huck Graduate Student

Women in the Sciences and Engineering Institute has recognized Christina Ragan for her work in helping women/girls recognize and achieve their potential in STEM fields.

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Christina Ragan wins Sigma Xi grant

Sigma Xi as awarded Christina Ragan a $1,000 (USD) grant to fund her research.

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