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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 14, 2015

Penn Researchers Develop Liquid-crystal-based Compound Lenses That Work Like Insect Eyes

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Taking advantage of the geometry in which these liquid crystals like to arrange themselves, Penn researchers are able to grow compound lenses with controllable sizes.

The compound eyes found in insects and some sea creatures are marvels of evolution. There, thousands of lenses work together to provide sophisticated information without the need for a sophisticated brain. Human artifice can only begin to approximate these naturally self-assembled structures, and, even then, they require painstaking manufacturing techniques.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964May 6, 2015

Female Cystic Fibrosis Patients Need More Contraceptive Guidance, Penn Medicine Study Finds

nly half of women with cystic fibrosis (CF) report using contraception and frequently apt to become pregnant unintentionally, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at t

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658May 6, 2015

Plant Toxin Causes Biliary Atresia in Animal Model, According to Penn Study

A study in this week’s Science Translational Medicine is a classic example of how seemingly unlikely collaborators can come together to make surprising discoveries.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964May 7, 2015

Penn Medicine Study Reveals Why Almost Half of At-Risk Patients Opt Out of Comprehensive Multiplex Cancer Screening

Some at-risk patients opted out of comprehensive cancer gene screening when presented with the opportunity to be tested for the presence of genes linked to various cancers, according to a recent study led by researchers at the 

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658May 8, 2015

Penn Team Finds Protein "Cement" that Stabilizes the Crossroad of Chromosomes

Cell division is the basis of life and requires that each daughter cell receive the proper complement of chromosomes. In most organisms, this process is mediated at the familiar constricted intersection of X-shaped chromosomes.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964May 8, 2015

Most Women are Unaware of New Guidelines for Pap Test Frequency, Penn Medicine Study Reveals

Women know that Pap tests are a useful screening test for cervical cancer, but according to a new study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, most of those surveyed are unaware of the updated screening guidelines for

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May 7, 2015

Undergraduates Steve RybickiAriana SchanzerStephanie Mark

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 7, 2015

Penn Research Points to Omega-3 as a Nutritional Intervention for Childhood Behavioral Problems

At the forefront of a field known as “neurocriminology,” Adrian Raine of the University of Pennsylvania has long studied the interplay between biology and environment when it comes to antisocial and criminal behavior.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 7, 2015

Penn Researchers Develop Custom Artificial Membranes to Study the Molecular Basis of Disease

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Decorating the outside of cells like tiny antenna, a diverse community of sugar molecules acts like a telecommunications system, sending and receiving information, recognizing and responding to foreign molecules and neighboring cells.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone       

Decorating the outside of cells like tiny antenna, a diverse community of sugar molecules acts like a telecommunications system, sending and receiving information, recognizing and responding to foreign molecules and neighboring cells.

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

Penn-Michigan State Team Develops Novel Gene Therapy for Achromatopsia

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Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Michigan State University tested a gene therapy in dogs with achromatopsia and found that the treatment demonstrated a functional rescue of cone cells in nearly 100 percent of treated eyes.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Michigan State University presented new preclinical data this week that evaluates the efficacy of a gene therapy treatment for achromatopsia, a rare inherited retinal disease that involves cone cells. The disease affects humans as well as dogs.