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Katherine Unger Baillie

Science News Officer

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Chemotherapy, while potentially lifesaving, is notoriously draining on the human body. It can make patients feel fatigued, nauseated, and downright lousy. But a new study by researchers in the School of Nursing and the Perelman School of Medicine suggests that patients who push past the malaise and do some low-impact exercises during their chemo regimen might help their cancer drugs work better.
Study after study has proven it true: exercise is good for you. But new research from University of Pennsylvania scientists suggests that exercise may have an added benefit for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
The key to a successful cancer surgery is to extract every last bit of the tumor. If any cancerous cells are left behind, they could cause the disease to reappear in the same place or close by later on. Imagine how useful it would be if the malignant tissue glowed bright green, practically shouting, “Cut me out, I’m dangerous!” Turns out, it can.
One of the goals of genome sequencing is to identify genetic mutations associated with increased susceptibility to disease. Yet by and large these discoveries have been made in people of European or Asian ancestry, resulting in an incomplete picture of global genetic variation in disease vulnerability.
For decades, researchers have used petri dishes to study cell movement. These classic tissue culture tools, however, only permit two-dimensional movement, very different from the three-dimensional movements that cells make in a human body.
Dinosaurs are often depicted as giant, frightening beasts. But every creature is a baby once. A new examination of a rock slab containing fossils of 24 very young dinosaurs and one older individual is suggestive of a group of hatchlings overseen by a caretaker, according to a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers.
Like a lot of little kids, Tanner Frank went through a “dinosaur phase.” Unlike most, however, he says, “I never grew out of it.”
By Madeleine Stone @themadstone
A special guest will throw out the first pitch at the Camden Riversharks minor league baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 24. This local celebrity has a keen eye, an athletic build, a deep love for ball games—and a wagging tail.