Perelman School of Medicine

Comprehensive Drug Policy May Be Elusive: Penn Professor

October 5, 2014

Philippe Bourgois of the School of Arts & Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine discusses the need for a dat

Article Source: NBC News (Philadelphia)

A Christian Apologist and an Atheist Thrive in an Improbable Bond

October 3, 2014

The Law School’s David Skeel, described as a Christian apologist, and post-doctoral fellow Patrick Arsenault of the Perelman Schoo

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653October 1, 2014

Penn Medicine Receives $3.5 Million NCI Grant to Study Cervical Cancer in HIV Positive Women in Botswana

The introduction of antiretroviral drugs in Botswana over the last two decades has increased the life expectancies of people living with HIV—many of whom are women co-infected with the  human papillomavirus virus (HPV)—considerably: from 39 years to the low 60s.  As a result, this co-infected group of women is a

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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937October 3, 2014

Penn Medicine Study Finds Tongue Fat and Size May Predict Sleep Apnea in Obese Adults

Obesity is a risk factor for many health problems, but a new Penn Medicine study published this month in the journal Sleep suggests having a larger tongue

Video: Is Your Brain Male or Female?

September 29, 2014

A documentary about the differences between the male and female brain turns to research conducted by Ragini Verma and Ruben Gur&nb

Article Source: BBC Horizon Documentary
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 2, 2014

DNA ‘Bias’ May Keep Some Diseases in Circulation, Penn Biologists Show

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In a new study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, University of Pennsylvania researchers Joseph Lachance and Sarah A. Tishkoff investigated a process called gene conversion in the context of the evolution of human populations. They found that a bias toward certain types of DNA sequences during gene conversion may be an important factor in why certain heritable diseases persist in populations around the world.

It’s an early lesson in genetics: we get half our DNA from Mom, half from Dad.

But that straightforward explanation does not account for a process that sometimes occurs when cells divide. Called gene conversion, the copy of a gene from Mom can replace the one from Dad, or vice versa, making the two copies identical.

Tongue Fat May Become Key in Treating Sleep Apnea

October 1, 2014

Richard Schwab of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Tongue size is one of the physical features that should be eva

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Antibiotics ‘Linked to Childhood Obesity’

September 30, 2014

Charles Bailey of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on how repeated courses of antibiotics are linked to childho

Article Source: BBC News

New Smart Catheters Help Doctors Navigate the Heart

September 28, 2014

Francis Marchlinski and David Frankel of the Perelman School

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658September 25, 2014

Penn Researchers Explain How Ends of Chromosomes Are Maintained for Cancer Cell Immortality

Maintaining the ends of chromosomes, called telomeres, is a requisite feature of cells that are able to continuously divide and also a hallmark of human cancer.