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Penn State's new Millennium Science Complex is a paradigm without precedent

If you were told it was "state of the art," you might compare it to past paragons of the phrase; if you experienced it firsthand, you would see that it redefines the phrase entirely.

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Sustainability of Pennsylvania forests at risk

Dr. Jim Finley discusses the USDA Forest Service report.

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Second group of fellows to be selected

A new group of fellows will be selected to join the program soon.

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Former Huck Institutes director in New York Times

Dr. Nina Fedoroff, "Engineering Food for All."

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Huck Institutes to host 2nd Annual Bioinformatics and Genomics Retreat - September 16th & 17th, 2011

Keynote speaker Dr. Richard Edward Green. Visionary talk and panel discussion. Poster sessions. Research presentations. Open to all Penn State faculty, postdocs, students, and staff. Registration is free!

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Inhibiting enzymes increases success in treatment of resistant tumors

Dr. Wafik El-Deiry and his team of researchers at the College of Medicine in Hershey have recently discovered that treating hypoxic tumors in lab mice with the drug sangivamycin-like molecule 3 (SLM3) helps to keep the cancerous cells from multiplying.

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Ancient bones yield clues about polar bears' ancestry

After analyzing DNA samples from ancient bear bones, a team of scientists including Penn State professor and biologist Beth Shapiro suggests that the polar bears we know today actually descended from a brown bear matriline in Ireland during the last Ice Age.

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Scientists sequence genomes of Tasmanian devil and rare, contagious cancer

A multi-national team of scientists led by Penn State professors Stephan Schuster and Webb Miller, and Vanessa Hayes of the Venter Institute in San Diego has successfully sequenced the genomes of two Tasmanian devils and a rapidly spreading, contagious cancer known as Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD).

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Practical Data Analyisis course offered Fall 2011

Introduce students to the various applications of high-throughput sequencing as it relates to life sciences research.

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Graduate students needed for NIH Training Grant in Animal Models of Inflammation

Applications are being accepted for the four positions available as part of the NIH training grant awarded to Penn State for research in animal models of inflammation.

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Increased Next-Generation Sequencing Capacity

The Genomics Core Facility at University Park has increased its next-generation sequencing capacity with the addition of an Ion PGM by Ion Torrent and by upgrading their existing SOLiD 4 to the 5500xl SOLiD system.

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Symposium on biological calorimetry

On Friday, May 13th, 2011, the Center for RNA Molecular Biology and the Automated Biological Calorimetry Facility hosted a symposium on biological calorimetry with over 60 attendees.

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New mass spectrometry equipment empowers proteomics research at Penn State

A new high resolution mass spectrometer will provide high-end proteomics capabilities to researchers at all Penn State campuses.

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Epidemic! Infectious Disease on a Changing Planet

This series of six public lectures on consecutive Saturday mornings is designed as a free minicourse in infectious diseases for the general public.

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Unexpected Discovery Reveals Key Protein Plays a Crucial Role in Regeneration of Injured Nerve Cells

New research conducted by a Penn State research team, sheds light on the mechanism by which damaged nerve cells are repaired. Their findings point to the impact of a motor protein, Kinesin-2, in steering the successful growth and organization of the polarized microtubule arrays contained within neurons.

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Reversing autism in a petri dish

Using stem cells taken from the skin of patients with Rett syndrome - the most physically disabling of the autism disorders researchers replicated autism in the lab, identified disease-specific cellular defects, and demonstrated that these defects are reversible. The results raise the hope that, one day, autism may become a treatable condition.

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Students spread flu with thousands of close encounters

On a typical day, high school students engage more than 760,000 social interactions that can spread an infectious disease, according to researchers, who suggest that using social contact networks to devise immunization strategies would be more effective than random vaccination campaigns.

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Loss of species increases infectious disease risk

As biodiversity declines, the emergence and transmission of infectious diseases increases, according to a review of current experimental data published this month in Nature. In an age of unprecedented species extinction rates, it is urgent that the biodiversity of natural ecosystems be preserved to protect humans from increasing pathogenic threats.

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Researchers propose new cause of major depressive disorder

GABAergic deficits appear to play a central and causal role in Major Depressive Disorder, a neuropsychiatric disorder affecting approximately 17% of the population worldwide, according to researchers from the Center for Molecular Investigation of Neurological Disorders.

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Computations 19x faster with new adaptive algorithm

Researchers using a new algorithmic process for a heuristic embedding strategy they call "Adaptive GDDA-BLAST" can now see the results of their computations 19 times faster than with their previous computational method. The new method has the added benefits of detecting structural homology in highly divergent protein sequences and isolating secondary structural elements of transmembrane and ankyrin-repeat domains, with possibly wide-ranging impacts on human health and disease studies.

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