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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460April 9, 2009

Four From University of Pennsylvania Win 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship Awards

PHILADELPHIA – A trio of University of Pennsylvania professors from the School of Arts and Sciences and a senior critic in Penn’s School of Design have been awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 180 Fellowships to artists, scientists and scholars in the United States and Canada from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | | 215-573-6604April 9, 2009

First Results from Penn's Balloon-Borne Telescope BLAST: Extragalactic Survey Reveals Half the Universe's Starlight

PHILADELPHIA –- After two years spent analyzing data from BLAST, the Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Sub-millimeter Telescope, physicists are releasing the first results.

The study, published in the current issue of Nature, reveals that the Far Infrared Background, or FIRB, originates from individual galaxies some 7 to 10 billion light years away.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | | 215-573-6604April 9, 2009

Penn Biologists Discover How "Silent" Mutations Influence Protein Production

PHILADELPHIA -– Biologists at the University of Pennsylvania have revealed a hidden code that determines the expression level of a gene, providing a way to distinguish efficient genes from inefficient ones. The new research, which involved creating hundreds of synthetic green-glowing genes, provides an explanation for how a cell “knows” how much of each protein to make, providing just the right amount of protein to maintain homeostasis yet not too much to cause cell toxicity.

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U.S. Relations With North Korea

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