Acne Antibiotics Not Linked to Drug Resistance

April 11, 2011

Penn Medicine research about acne antibiotics is cited.

Article Source: U.S. News & World Report
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604April 7, 2011

Penn Research Advances Understanding of Lead Selenide Nanowires

PHILADELPHIA — The advancements of our electronic age rests on our ability to control how electric charge moves, from point A to point B, through circuitry. Doing so requires particular precision, for applications ranging from computers, image sensors and solar cells, and that task falls to semiconductors.

Now, a research team at the University of Pennsylvania’s schools of Engineering and Applied Science and Arts and Sciences has shown how to control the characteristics of semiconductor nanowires made of a promising material: lead selenide.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658April 7, 2011

A New Way to Make Reprogrammed Stem Cells

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have devised a totally new and far more efficient way of generating induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), immature cells that are able to develop into several different types of cells or tissues in the body. The researchers used fibroblast cells, which are easily obtained from skin biopsies, and could be used to generate patient-specific iPSCs for drug screening and tissue regeneration.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422April 6, 2011

‘Guns, Germs and Steel’ Author Speaking at Penn This Evening in Irvine Auditorium

WHAT:            “Washed Up: The Role of Water in the Collapse of Civilizations,” a public talk at the University of Pennsylvania that will provide insight into water’s impact on society


Penn Study Leads to New Idea in Treating Pancreatic Cancer

March 25, 2011

Robert Vonderheide of the School of Medicine leads a study on treating pancreatic cancer.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Holly Auer | | 215-349-5659 March 24, 2011

Penn Researchers Uncover Novel Immune Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center have discovered a novel way of treating pancreatic cancer by activating the immune system to destroy the cancer’s scaffolding. The strategy was tested in a small cohort of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer, several of whose tumors shrank substantially. The team believes their findings – and the novel way in which they uncovered them -- could lead to quicker, less expensive cancer drug development.

Towards the 15-Minute Genome

March 10, 2011

Marija Drndic of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for leading a research on graphene nanopores.

Article Source: Economist

Which Traits Predict Success? (The Importance of Grit)

March 14, 2011

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for her research on grittier competitors amongst children.

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Suburban Sprawl: Census Shows Segregation Is Spreading in the Philadelphia Region

March 16, 2011

Thomas Sugrue of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on the “resegregation” of local communities.

Article Source: Philadelphia Weekly
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658March 11, 2011

Mouse Nose Nerve Cells Mature After Birth, Allowing Bonding, Recognition With Mother, Penn Study Finds

For rodent pups, bonding with mom isn’t hard-wired in the womb. It develops over the first few weeks of life, which is achieved by their maturing sense of smell, possibly allowing these mammals a survival advantage by learning to identify mother, siblings, and home.