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Atomic Structure of Key Muscle Component Revealed in Penn Study

Actin is the most abundant protein in the body, and when you look more closely at its fundamental role in life, it’s easy to see why. It is the basis of most movement in the body, and all cells and components within them have the capacity to move: muscle contracting, heart beating, blood clotting, and nerve cells communicating, among many other functions.

Penn Study: Metabolic Enzyme Stops Progression of Most Common Type of Kidney Cancer

In an analysis of small molecules called metabolites used by the body to make fuel in normal and cancerous cells in human kidney tissue, a research team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania identified an enzyme key to applying the brakes on tumor growth.


Penn Vet’s Lisa Gretebeck Tackles Public Health Through Research and Outreach

Lisa Gretebeck always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Like many aspiring young vets, Gretebeck was first attracted to the career through her love for animals.

HIV-infected People with Early-Stage Cancers are up to Four Times More Likely to Go Untreated for Cancer, Penn Study Finds

HIV-infected people diagnosed with cancer are two to four times more likely to go untreated for their cancer compared to uninfected cancer patients, according to a new, large retrospective study from researchers in Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) published online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.


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  • Critical Care Lessons Outside of the Classroom

    Critical Care Lessons Outside of the Classroom

    On July 2, 2014, Penn’s School of Nursing conducted its second annual summer mass casualty emergency simulation exercise in Fagin Hall in the Helene Fuld Pavilion.

  • Veterinarians Will Help the World

    ‘Veterinarians Will Help the World’

    According to Joan Hendricks, dean of Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, people go into veterinary medicine for a couple reasons. They love animals, probably first and foremost.

  • Dr. Henry Daniell

    Growing Plants to Save Lives

    Tucked behind old factory buildings on Penn’s South Bank campus stands a gleaming greenhouse. The $2 million structure, completed late last year, is state-of-the-art. Drip irrigation ensures each pot receives just the right amount of water.

  • World Watches Colt Birth on New Bolton Center Foal Cam

    World Watches Colt Birth on New Bolton Center Foal Cam

    With the world watching, mare My Special Girl gave birth to a colt at 9:22 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center. The grey foal weighed 104 pounds and measured 39.5 inches from crown to tail.

  • Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    When University sophomore Albert Xiao joined the first class of the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), a dual-degree program in Penn Arts & Sciences and the S…

  • 3D Printing for Veterinary Surgeries

    3D Printing for Veterinary Surgeries

    In PennDesign’s Fabrication Lab, students and faculty use three-dimensional printers to craft geometric forms, architectural models, and other products of the imagination.

  • Improving Lives, Bettering the World

    Improving Lives, Bettering the World

    Penn is an academic powerhouse, with vast potential to create knowledge, connect it across all divides, and use it for the progress of humankind.

  • Penn Researchers Help Unearth Forgotten Egyptian Pharaoh

    Working in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos over the winter break, a team of Penn archaeologists knew they had found something special. After excavating a series of chambers constructed of mud-brick—usually a sign of a common person’s tomb—they encountered a stone slab, and finally, a burial chamber lined with limestone.

  • Penn Researchers Show How Brain ‘Geotags’ Memory

    Penn Researchers Show How Brain ‘Geotags’ Memory

    The hippocampus in the brain is associated with remembering events and tracking locations. Researchers, however, had been unable to determine whether the same sets of neurons were involved in both of these processes.

  • Penn’s Research Enterprise

    Penn’s Research Enterprise

    Vice Provost for Research Dawn A. Bonnell is responsible for facilitating Penn’s sprawling research enterprise, which consists of 12 schools, more than 165 multidisciplinary centers and institutes, and a fully incorporated health system.

Penn in the news

Temple Scientists Edit Out HIV From Cultured Cells July 23, 2014 | “Newsworks,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Paul Bates of the Perelman School of Medicine shares his thoughts on the results of an HIV research project.

For Rats, a Break from Stress Isn’t Worth the Relief July 22, 2014 | Science News

Seema Bhatnagar of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about habituation to a tough situation as a coping mechanism.

Working to Eradicate HIV and Positively Reinforce Teenagers July 23, 2014 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Bridgette Brawner of the School of Nursing is featured for leading Project Gold, a program that teaches teenagers with mental illnesses how to avoid HIV.

Why Seven Hours of Sleep Might Be Better Than Eight July 21, 2014 | Wall Street Journal

David Dinges of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on how repeatedly getting 30 minutes less than the minimum sleep recommendation of seven hours can slow cognitive speed.

Can You Really Afford a New Child? July 20, 2014 | Wall Street Journal

David Mandell of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on budgeting for child-care costs for children with autism.

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