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New BioChip may make diagnosis of leukemia and HIV faster and cheaper

Tony Jun Huang and his colleagues, including Wafik El-Deiry, have developed a faster, cheaper and portable alternative to the current flow cytometry technology used to diagnose HIV and leukemia.

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Two Penn State biomedical researchers receive a Gates Foundation grant

Andrew Patterson and Gary Perdew have been awarded a grant from the Grand Challenges Explorations program to test their approach toward reducing illness and death from gastrointestinal diseases in infants and children.

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A strategy is discovered to activate genes that suppress cancer

A team of researchers led by Yanming Wang of the Huck Institutes' Center for Eukaryotic Gene Regulation and Gong Chen of the Department of Chemistry has found that by inhibiting the PAD4 enzyme they can reactivate tumor-suppressing genes to destroy cancerous cells.

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Penn State researcher plays a role in the discovery of a leukemia gene mutation

Thomas Loughran " director of the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute and discoverer of large granular lymphocyte (LGL) leukemia " is part of an international research team that has found a gene mutation underlying the rare malignant cancer.

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A decade's worth of research suggests that fish feel pain

Victoria Braithwaite discusses the need for better aquaculture practices in designing healthier and more humane fisheries.

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Eco-immunology charts pathways of disease in nature

Huck Institutes director Peter Hudson and researcher Raina Plowright of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics have been featured in the New York Times for their research on disease ecology in bighorn sheep and Australian fruit bats.

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture highlights importance of agricultural education and research

Tom Vilsack traveled to Penn State to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the land-grant university system " highlighting the groundbreaking research, education, and innovation taking place nationwide at universities such as Penn State.

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Patrick Drew receives a 2012 McKnight Scholar Award

The Board of Directors of The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience has announced the 2012 McKnight Scholar Award recipients " among them Penn State professor and Huck Institutes faculty member Patrick Drew with his proposal entitled "Imaging neurovascular coupling in the behaving animal."

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David Hughes receives a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Penn State biology and entomology professor and Huck Institutes faculty member has been granted funding to pursue his innovative global health and development research project, entitled "Taking out the bodyguards: a novel solution to ag disease."

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Researchers unveil a new assessment for diagnosing malnutrition

A team of researchers " led by Penn State professor and Huck Institutes faculty member Gordon Jensen " has devised a new systematic assessment that should aid dietitians and other health care providers in diagnosis and treatment.

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Patrick Drew is working toward a better understanding of the brain's complex infrastructure

He can't see inside your brain, but Dr. Drew has found a way to see inside a mouse's brain and by doing so, he is gaining new insights into how the human brain may function.

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Philip C. Bevilacqua is awarded the C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Bevilacqua, a professor of chemistry at Penn State and co-director of the Huck Institutes' Center for RNA Molecular Biology, has been honored by the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society with the 2012 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Biological battle: Penn State researchers work to catch up with drug resistance

Written by Andrew Read " director of the Huck Institutes' Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics " this article originally appeared in the Centre Daily Times on April 29, 2012 as the first installment of the bimonthly "Focus on Research" column highlighting research projects being conducted across all disciplines at Penn State.

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Reese and Bevilacqua advisees travel beyond Penn State to showcase research

Jason Miller, Chris Strulson, Jenny Wilcox, Pallavi Thaplyal and Kwok Chun Kit present their work to researchers at several other respected institutions.

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Twenty-four new species of lizards discovered on Caribbean islands are close to extinction

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.

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Binge eating may lead to other addiction-like behaviors

Researchers at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine " including Huck Institutes faculty member Patricia Grigson " find that a history of binge eating may make an individual more likely to exhibit other addiction-like behaviors including substance abuse.

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Penn State joins the 2012 Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award program

The program is designed to promote forward thinking in social and environmental responsibility, and acknowledges the energy, commitment and enthusiasm of students and their professors who support their innovations.

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Life Technologies' Ion Bus comes to Penn State

On its way from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, the Bus makes a stop in Happy Valley to showcase its genome sequencing technology.

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Exercise and attitude may be thermostat for hot flashes

Penn State professor Steriani Elavsky " a Huck Institutes faculty member in the Institute for Diabetes and Obesity " postulates that affective outcomes and perceived control may help to potentially explain significant variability in the impact of physical activity on hot flashes.

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Eric Post awarded a Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement

The Penn State biology professor and Huck Institutes faculty member was accorded this honor by his peers for scholarly excellence in the life and health sciences.

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