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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 July 23, 2010

First Step Towards Electronic DNA Sequencing: Translocation Through Graphene Nanopores

PHILADELPHIA –- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new, carbon-based nanoscale platform to electrically detect single DNA molecules.

Using electric fields, the tiny DNA strands are pushed through nanoscale-sized, atomically thin pores in a graphene nanopore platform that ultimately may be important for fast electronic sequencing of the four chemical bases of DNA based on their unique electrical signature.

Kidney Disease Is Parasite-Slaying Protein's Downside

July 16, 2010

Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences discusses “Jekyll-and-Hyde genetic variations."

Article Source: Science
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 21, 2010

Collaboration Leads to Simpler Method for Building Varieties of Nanocrystal Superlattices

PHILADELPHIA –- Collaboration by chemists, physicists and materials scientists at the University of Pennsylvania has created a simple and inexpensive method to rapidly grow centimeter-scale membranes of binary nanocrystal superlattices, or BNSLs, by crystallizing a mixture of nanocrystals on a liquid surface.

Aged 9,000 Years, Ancient Beer Finally Hits Stores

July 20, 2010

Patrick McGovern of Penn Museum and the School of Arts and Sciences uses historical evidence to resurrect ancient brews.

Secrets of Its Past May Help Pay for Historic Delaware County Building's Future

July 17, 2010

David Barnes of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses the investigation of paranormal activity at the historic Lazaretto quarantine station.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Pam Kosty | 215-898-4045 | pkosty@upenn.eduJuly 16, 2010

East Coast Exclusive from China: "Secrets of the Silk Road"

With graceful eyelashes, long flaxen hair and serene expression, the "Beauty of Xiaohe" seems to have just softly fallen to sleep-yet she last closed her eyes nearly 4,000 years ago.  She was found, and excavated, in 2003, one of hundreds of spectacularly preserved mummies buried in the harsh desert sands of the vast Tarim Basin, in the Far Western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.

Hearing Helps Us See What We Can’t See

July 12, 2010

Gary Lupyan of the School of Arts and Sciences and his team of researchers are cited for their study of the connection between visual and auditory learning.

Article Source: Futurity

Israel Admite "Errores Profesionales" en Ataque a la Flotilla Que Iba a Gaza

July 13, 2010

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on the Gaza flotilla incident.

Article Source: El Mercurio (Chile)
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 12, 2010

Making the Invisible Visible: Verbal Cues Enhance Visual Detection, Says Penn Researcher

PHILADELPHIA –- Cognitive psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and University of California have shown that an image displayed too quickly to be seen by an observer can be detected if the participant first hears the name of the object.

The Jury's In-Staffing Laws Work

July 1, 2010

Linda Aiken of the School of Nursing and the School of Arts and Sciences says improved nurse staffing saves lives.

Article Source: American Journal of Nursing