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Bioinformatics and Genomics News

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.
While most farmers consider viruses and fungi potential threats to their crops, these microbes can help wild plants adapt to extreme conditions, according to Marilyn Roossinck.
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.
The first complete sequencing of the pig genome by the International Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium has been published in Nature.
This inaugural Coulter Review article is scheduled for publication in the January 2013 issue of the International Journal of Plant Sciences.
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.
Keith Cheng and his lab are using the zebrafish to test a class of unique individual genetic differences in humans, in order to better understand the biological results of those differences.
Yanxi Liu and Rick Gilmore will collaborate with Stanford's Anthony Norcia to bridge the gap between how humans and computers perceive and process visual patterns.
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.
Anton Nekrutenko of the Center for Comparative Genomics and Bioinformatics, with co-developer James Taylor of Emory University, will continue to build new functionality into the Galaxy resource.
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.
Keith Cheng and Mary Poss will discuss genetics and virology, respectively.
Huck Institutes faculty members Wafik El-Deiry, James Broach and Xuemei Huang have each been featured in recent Penn State publications.
Development provides vast increases in computational power for researchers worldwide
New role intended to drive interdisciplinary innovation, promote excellence in research and education
Researchers make critical discovery in the ability to manage the potentially disastrous effects of fungal diseases in agricultural settings.