Perelman School of Medicine

The Science of Babymaking

October 25, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on Nobel Prize winner Robert Edwards and his development of in vitro fertilization.

Article Source: Ottawa Citizen
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658October 25, 2010

University of Pennsylvania Scientists Develop Method for Detecting MicroRNA From Living Cells

PHILADELPHIA -– Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new electronic method for detecting microRNA isolated from living cells. MicroRNAs are a class of small biomolecules that control gene expression into proteins, the “workers” of the cell.  MicroRNAs act by binding to specific messenger RNAs that code for proteins, and, by doing so, inhibit protein synthesis.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 22, 2010

Penn Study Identifies Molecular Guardian of Cell's RNA

When most genes are transcribed, the nascent RNAs they produce are not quite ready to be translated into proteins - they have to be processed first. One of those processes is called splicing, a mechanism by which non-coding gene sequences are removed and the remaining protein-coding sequences are joined together to form a final, mature messenger RNA (mRNA), which contains the recipe for making a protein.

The Lab Rat: How To Improve Memory in 15 Minutes

October 20, 2010

David Wolk of the School of Medicine is cited for co-authoring an article about the use of tDCS to improve memory.

Article Source: Time

Sex Hormones Influence Heart Function

October 20, 2010

Steven Kawut of the School of Medicine comments on cardiovascular research.

Article Source: Times of India

FDA Advisory Committee Chair Weighs In on L’Affaire ReGen

October 19, 2010

John D. Kelly of the School of Medicine discusses an FDA recall of a medical device.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal
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Media Contact:Kim Menard | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183 October 21, 2010

Penn Study Shows School-Based Program Reduces Risky Sexual Behaviors in South African Teens

A school-based, six-session program targeting sexual risk behaviors has proven effective in reducing rates of self-reported unprotected sex and sex with multiple partners among South African sixth-graders, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

CPR Guidelines Updated to Hands-Only

October 19, 2010

Benjamin Abella of the School of Medicine comments on the importance of modernized CPR guidelines.

Article Source: philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 18, 2010

Is Team Science Productive? Penn Study Measures the Collaborative Nature of Translational Medicine

Taking a cue from the world of business-performance experts and baseball talent scouts, Penn Medicine translational medicine researchers are among the first to find a way to measure the productivity of collaborations in a young, emerging institute. They published their findings the most recent issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 18, 2010

Penn Study Gives Hope for New Class of Alzheimer’s Disease Drugs

Finding a drug that can cross the blood-brain barrier is the bane of drug development for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders of the brain. A new Penn study, published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, has found and tested in an animal model of Alzheimer’s disease a class of drug that is able to enter the brain, where it stabilizes degenerating neurons and improves memory and learning.