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Summer fieldwork for MCIBS students: from here to China

This summer many MCIBS students can be found hard at work in their labs. Or you just might find some by a local stream or in Africa or China taking their research into the field.

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Probing Questions: How concerned should Pennsylvanians be about Zika virus?

Jason Rasgon, associate professor of entomology and disease epidemiology, studies how viruses are spread by mosquitoes, fleas, sand flies, lice, ticks, mites, and other insects and arthropods. In this Probing Question video, Rasgon looks at the relative risks for Pennsylvanians of Zika virus, Lyme disease and West Nile virus.

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New clues could help scientists harness the power of photosynthesis

Identification of a gene needed to expand light harvesting in photosynthesis into the far-red-light spectrum provides clues to the development of oxygen-producing photosynthesis, an evolutionary advance that changed the history of life on Earth.

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Penn State, TB Alliance, and GSK partner to discover new treatments for TB

A new collaboration between TB Alliance, GSK, and scientists in the Eberly College of Science seeks to find new small molecules that can be used to create antibiotics in the fight against tuberculosis (TB).

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Picky eaters: Bumble bees prefer plants with nutrient-rich pollen

Bumble bees have discriminating palettes when it comes to their pollen meals, according to researchers at Penn State.

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3D printing produces cartilage from strands of bioink

Strands of cow cartilage substitute for ink in a 3D bioprinting process that may one day create cartilage patches for worn out joints, according to a team of engineers.

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Lila Rieber receives the National Science Foundation's 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship

Lila Rieber, a Ph.D. student in the MCIBS Bioinformatics & Genomics program in the Eberly College of Science, has been awarded the National Science Foundation's 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP).

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Shashikant appointed assistant director

The leadership team of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences is pleased to announce that Dr. Cooduvalli (“Shashi”) Shashikant has been appointed an assistant director in the Huck Institutes.

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Peters receives inaugural Huck Award for Outstanding Achievements in Life Sciences Research

Dr. Jeffrey Peters, Distinguished Professor of Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis at Penn State, has been given the first-ever Huck Award for Outstanding Achievements in Life Sciences Research.

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Invasive species could cause billions in damages to agriculture

Invasive insects and pathogens could be a multi-billion-dollar threat to global agriculture and developing countries may be the biggest target, according to a team of international researchers.

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Thirty years of research supports cacao farmers, chocolate industry

The 30th anniversary of the Endowed Program in the Molecular Biology of Cocoa -- Penn State's first fully endowed research program -- was celebrated May 31-June 3 on the University Park campus during a symposium titled, "Frontiers in Science and Technology for Cacao Quality, Productivity and Sustainability."

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Researchers to study how microbes become 'fungi in ant's clothing'

A pair of grants worth more than $2 million will enable Penn State researchers to study how microbial parasites control the behaviors and characteristics of their animal hosts.

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Study of fungi-insect relationships may lead to new evolutionary discoveries

Zombie ants are only one of the fungi-insect relationships studied by a team of Penn State biologists in a newly compiled database of insect fungi interactions.

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New targets for vaccines identified on the surface of the malaria parasite

Dozens of potential new protein targets for malaria vaccines have been identified and characterized on the surface of the transmitted sporozoite stage of the malaria parasite in a new research study.

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Programmable materials find strength in molecular repetition

Synthetic proteins based on those found in a variety of squid species' ring teeth may lead the way to self-healing polymers carefully constructed for specific toughness and stretchability that might have applications in textiles, cosmetics and medicine, according to Penn State researchers.

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How Depression and Antidepressant Drugs Work

New insight from depressed mice helps researchers unite two hypotheses

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How did the giraffe get its long neck?

Clues now revealed by new genome sequencing

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New Penn State research initiative part of White House microbiome event

An emerging, cross-disciplinary area of research at Penn State was represented May 13 at a White House event aimed at promoting the study of microbiomes.

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Congratulations to Dr. Archie Taylor

MCIBS/Molecular Medicine student Archie Taylor has successfully defended his PhD dissertation.

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Three honored for commitment to diversity in College of Agricultural Sciences

Three individuals -- including Huck Institutes-cofunded faculty member Pamela Hankey-Giblin -- have received the College of Agricultural Sciences' 2016 Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award.

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