Scientists including Huck Institutes affiliates George Perry and Webb Miller lead a research team that for the first time has sequenced and analyzed the complete genomes of three separate populations of aye-ayes in an effort to help guide conservation.
In a free new online course, "Epidemics: the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases," offered by the Eberly College of Science at Penn State, students and members of the public will learn about how infectious diseases spread by playing a real-time epidemic game " a "virtual apocalypse," which instructors will run in parallel with the more traditional lessons.
Researchers have studied viruses as agents of disease in humans, domestic animals, and plants, but a study of plant viruses in the wild may point to a more cooperative, benevolent role of the microbe, according to Marilyn Roossinck.
Peter Hudson, Scott Selleck, David Hughes, Melissa Rolls, Paula Droege, Tracy Langkilde, Phil Bevilacqua, Stephen Schaeffer, and Robert Paulson talk about research that's driving scientific discovery at Penn State.
A team of researchers headed by Joan Richtsmeier will use genetically engineered mice and 3D imaging technology to study the development of the human midface upper jaw, cheekbones, and eye sockets and how diseases and abnormalities of the head affect the growth and shape of the face.
The first integrated understanding of the functioning of the human genome has finally been published"the triumphant result of a collaborative five-year project involving more than 440 researchers in 32 labs worldwide.
An international study " led by Penn State's Stephan Schuster and Web Miller and the University at Buffalo's Charlotte Lindqvist " includes an analysis of newly sequenced polar bear genomes that provides important clues about the species' evolution, suggesting that climate change and genetic exchange with brown bears helped create the polar bear as we know it today.
A research team led by Penn State biology professor and Huck Institutes faculty member Blair Hedges has identified and named 24 new species of skinks " half of which may already be extinct or nearing extinction, and the rest of which are threatened with extinction.