School of Arts & Sciences

As Blacklegged Ticks Migrate, Lyme Disease Follows

July 6, 2015

Camilo Khatchikian of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on researching the migration of ticks and the disease that has followed this journey.

Article Source: UPI.com
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 6, 2015

Penn Researchers Answer Question about Nematode Behavior: Nature, Nurture, or Physics?

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Nature versus nurture is an age-old question in biology, centering on whether a given trait is determined by an organism’s genes or by its environment. Most times the answer is “both,” but research at the University of Pennsylvania has found one trait in particular that is not easily described by either.

By Sarah Welsh

Nature versus nurture is an age-old question in biology, centering on whether a given trait is determined by an organism’s genes or by its environment. Most times the answer is “both,” but research at the University of Pennsylvania has found one trait in particular that is not easily described by either.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 6, 2015

Blacklegged Tick Populations Have Expanded Via Migration, Penn Biologists Show

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In a new study, biologists from the University of Pennsylvania found that blacklegged ticks moved into new areas of the Northeast from established populations, mainly through short-distance, local moves. The results shed light on patterns of disease spread and could have implications for strategies to control ticks in order to reduce disease.

Lyme disease cases are on the rise, with diagnoses occurring in areas that were historically Lyme-free. Scientists attribute the spread to the fact that populations of blacklegged ticks, which carry the bacteria that causes the disease, now flourish in areas once thought to be devoid of ticks.

The Myth of Big, Bad Gluten

July 4, 2015

Sarah A. Tishkoff of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences comments on the current popularity of gluten-free diets.

Article Source: New York Times

Local Reaction Mixed to an Embassy in Cuba

July 2, 2015

Roman de la Campa of the School of Arts & Sciences provides his thoughts on the plan to open a U.S. embassy in Cuba.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Euro’s Salvation Lies in Its Political Appeal

July 1, 2015

Jesús Fernández-Villaverde of the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about the value of the euro.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 1, 2015

Penn Research Helps Show That Attention, Imagination Equally Important for Creativity

The role that attention plays in generating new and useful ideas is controversial among neuroscientists. Some neuroimaging studies have shown that creativity involves more cognitive control, or focused attention. Other studies have shown it involves less.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 1, 2015

New Penn Center Will Investigate the Physics of Cancer Via $10M NIH Grant

Investigators at a new University of Pennsylvania research center will focus on key physical principles that underpin cancer’s development and growth.

U.S. Congress Moves to Block Human-embryo Editing

June 25, 2015

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences says, “You don’t have to be a faith-based bioethicist to recognize that there’s some global responsibility for modifying the human germline.”

Article Source: Nature

So Apparently There Are 4 Kinds of Introversion

June 25, 2015

Scott Barry Kaufman of the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about different types of introversion.

Article Source: New York Magazine