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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 3, 2008

Viruses Evolve To Play By Host Rules, According to University of Pennsylvania Researchers

PHILADELPHIA -- Biologists at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University have examined the complete genomes of viruses that infect the bacteria E. coli, P. aeruginosa and L. lactis and have found that many of these viral genomes exhibit codon bias, the tendency to preferentially encode a protein with a particular spelling.

Researchers analyzed patterns of codon usage across 74 bacteriophages using the concept of a "genome landscape," a method of visualizing long-range patterns in a genome sequence.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460February 29, 2008

Women of Color Day at Penn Features Awards Luncheon, Conference on Impact of Violence on Women of Color

WHO: Women of Color at the University of Pennsylvania
Speakers include:
Richard Gelles, Penn School of Social Policy and Practice
dean
Ira Harkavy, Penn’s Netter Center for Community
Partnerships director
Michelle Kerr Spry, Mothers In Charge
Jennifer Cronley, Congreso de Latinos Unidos
Gwendolyn Davis, Resources for Change


WHAT: Conference and awards luncheon

WHERE &
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 28, 2008

Heightened Weighing Discomfort Among Women May Increase Their Health Risks, Penn Study Indicates

PHILADELPHIA -– A new study from the University of Pennsylvania points to increased health risks for women owing to their higher level of discomfort about being weighed in public.
The study showed that college-age females, more than their male counterparts, experience high degrees of discomfort at the prospect of being weighed in the presence of others.

The study’s authors believe that some women may avoid necessary tests and treatments when a doctor visit includes a step on a public scale.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460February 26, 2008

New Book "Kerner Plus 40 Report" Assesses Racial Progress in America Since 1968 Kerner Commission Report

PHILADELPHIA –- The “Kerner Plus 40 Report” is an assessment of how far the nation has come in dealing with racial inequality and tensions 40 years after the seminal report issued by the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission.

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40th Anniversary of Kerner Commission Report

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