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Katherine Unger Baillie

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When students in the School of Veterinary Medicine graduate in May, some will go straight into jobs caring for livestock such as cows, sheep, goats, pigs, and alpacas.
Researchers are one step closer to unraveling the extraordinarily complex series of processes that lead to an event crucial to human reproduction: the creation of sperm.
By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone
February is American Heart Month, a time for focusing on cardiovascular health. Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of American men and women. But humans aren’t the only species affected; dogs also develop cardiovascular problems.
Niemann Pick Disease type C, or NPC, is a disease most people have never heard of, affecting just one person in 150,000. Yet the disease is a devastating one. Frequently diagnosed in children in their elementary school years, sufferers usually die by the time they’re 20.
When you look in the mirror, your gaze takes in a human form. Yet the human body is comprised of 10 times more microbial cells than human ones. These single-celled organisms inhabit our skin, mucous membranes, and gut, and while they can often promote health, they can also lead to disease.
WHO:             Irina Marinov                       Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
If you were about to enter a crowded subway during flu season, packed with people sneezing and coughing, wouldn’t it be helpful if your immune system recognized the potentially risky situation and bolstered its defenses upon stepping into the train?
It’s hard to imagine getting two-dozen strangers to agree on almost anything. But in a study by Penn’s Damon Centola, groups of 24 people reliably came to consensus, provided the interactions between them were structured just so.
A new crop of graduates from the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Working Dog Center (WDC) is entering the workforce, benefiting society with their special skills and, especially, their highly tuned noses. Last week, Quest and Logan, both German shepherds, became part of the SEPTA Police’s K9 unit. They followed in the footsteps of WDC alumni Ronnie and Kaiserin, who joined SEPTA’s police force one year ago.