In a new report in the journal Plant Cell, University of Pennsylvania biologists used material from both humans and plants to examine chemical modifications to messenger RNA, or mRNA, finding that the modifications appear to play a significant role in the process by which mRNAs either survive and become translated into protein or are targeted for degradation.
University of Pennsylvania senior Jennifer (Jenna) Hebert from Pittsburgh, Pa., has won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in psychiatry at the University of Oxford in England.
Four faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They are among a class of 347 researchers that have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
Chemistry’s Virgil Percec has lead a team of researchers in a study that shows chiral structures, which have a defined handedness, can be made out of a mix of left- and right-handed parts.
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An article co-authored by Michael Kearns of the School of Engineering and Applied Science about networks of squash players is featured.
Madeleine Joullié of the School of Arts & Sciences is highlighted for being a recipient of the John Scott Award.
Matt Blaze of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is quoted about encryption.
Coren Apicella and Sudeep Bhatia of the School of Arts & Sciences are quoted about humans sticking with their default bias.
Lauren Sallan of the School of Arts & Sciences is highlighted for her research and paper, “Body-size reduction in vertebrates following the end-Devonian mass extinction.”