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Infected 'zombie ants' face no discrimination from nest mates

Carpenter ants infected with a specialized parasitic fungus are not subjected to aggression or isolation from their nest mates

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Extracellular vesicles could be personalized drug delivery vehicles

Creating enough nanovesicles to inexpensively serve as a drug delivery system may be as simple as putting the cells through a sieve, according to an international team of researchers who used mouse autologous — their own — immune cells to create large amounts of fillable nanovesicles to deliver drugs to tumors in mice.

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Zombie Ant research awarded 2017 Cozzarelli prize for outstanding scientific excellence and originality

“Three- dimensional visualization and a deep-learning model reveal complex fungal parasite networks in behaviorally manipulated ants” receives 2017 Cozzarelli Prize in the biomedical sciences

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Satellites and Measles

Nita Bharti and Matt Ferrari develop remote technologies to help biologists predict disease outbreaks, and vaccinate children in Africa

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Electron microscope gives Penn State researchers powerful tool for discovery

The FEI Titan/Krios transmission electron microscope (TEM) is helping to solidify Penn State's role as a leader in research

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Unique cohort will support student exploration of agricultural microbiomes

Faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are spearheading an initiative that will provide selected doctoral students with the opportunity for extensive study in the emerging field of agricultural microbiome research.

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Researcher to study the effect of exercise on breast cancer metastases

Connie Rogers, associate professor of nutrition and physiology in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State, has been awarded a scientific research grant by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

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Pa. deer, like mammals worldwide, move less in human-modified landscapes

In the big woods of Pennsylvania's Northern Tier, the home range of the average white-tailed deer is more than twice as large as that of a deer in urban or agricultural areas of the state.

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Land-grant ag research and education highlighted during visit by USDA SecretaryLand-grant ag research and education highlighted during visit by USDA Secretary

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue paid a visit to Penn State's University Park campus today (Jan. 24) as part of a tour through Pennsylvania to unveil the Department of Agriculture's legislative principles as Congress prepares to enact a new five-year farm bill.

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3-D printing improves cell adhesion and strength of PDMS polymer

Combining two different polymer forms can switch manufacturing of silicone parts from molding, casting and spin coating of simple forms to 3-D printing of complex geometries with better mechanical characteristics and better biological adhesion, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

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Have RNA, will travel

Malaria parasite packs genetic material in preparation for trip from mosquitoes to humans

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Researchers map druggable genomic targets in evolving malaria parasite

Research collaboration use whole genome analyses and chemogenetics to identify new drug targets and resistance genes in 262 parasite cell lines of Plasmodium falciparum — the protozoan pathogen that causes malaria — that are resistant to 37 diverse antimalarial compounds.

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New research agenda for malaria elimination and eradication

Two Penn State researchers have participated in the formulation of a new updated research agenda for global malaria elimination and eradication.

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Agricultural parasite takes control of host plant’s genes

Dodder, a parasitic plant that causes major damage to crops in the U.S. and worldwide every year, can silence the expression of genes in the host plants from which it obtains water and nutrients.

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Two surgical approaches equal in treating infection-caused hydrocephalus

Implanting a shunt or endoscopically reducing intracranial pressure and reducing fluid production are equally effective in treating infants with hydrocephalus caused by brain infections, according to an international team of researchers, but endoscopy may have fewer down-the-line complications.

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Turning pathogens against each other to prevent drug resistance

New research demonstrates that harnessing competition among pathogens inside a patient could extend the life of existing drugs where resistance is already present and prevent resistance to new drugs from emerging.

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Eric Barron's talk to trustees he talked specifically about building biomedical sciences and used the Huck as an example

"He noted Huck Institutes of Life Sciences as the model for the collaboration he wants to build. That pours $15 million a year into research and people studying various areas like infectious disease and neural engineering. It brings together seven colleges, 31 departments, 476 educators and 316 graduate students with groundbreaking equipment in 10 different facilities."

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Survival of the least-fit: antiviral drug selectively targets nastiest viruses

An antiviral drug that inhibits a virus' replication machinery selectively targets the most aggressive viruses, according to new research that looked at the infection of individual cells by a virus and the consequence of antiviral intervention.

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'Zombie ant' brains left intact by fungal parasite

A fungal parasite that infects ants and manipulates their behavior to benefit the fungus' reproduction accomplishes this feat without infecting the ants' brains.

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Cryo-electron microscope to bring life sciences and materials sciences together

A new cryo-electron microscope, cryo-EM, that is also a spectrometer will bring life science methods together with materials science practices together to improve both fields and share methods across disciplines.

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