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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 23, 2015

Penn Researchers Discover New Chiral Property of Silicon, With Photonic Applications

By encoding information in photons via their spin, “photonic” computers could be orders of magnitude faster and efficient than their current-day counterparts. Likewise, encoding information in the spin of electrons, rather than just their quantity, could make “spintronic” computers with similar advantages.   

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 22, 2015

School of Social Policy & Practice at Penn Explores Opportunities in Botswana

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Erica Zaveloff and Jerri Bourjolly from the School of Social Policy & Practice traveled to Botswana to explore potential areas of collaboration, based on the nation's most pressing social policy issues.

The School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania may become another element in the Botswana-UPenn Partnership

Study Questions Radiation Use for ‘Low-Risk’ Prostate Cancers

July 17, 2015

Anusha Kalbasi and Justin Bekelman of the Perelman School of Medicine are highlighted for research into the impact of radiation on prostate cancer patients.

Article Source: HealthDay News
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 17, 2015

Two Penn Undergraduates Study ‘Crimes That Changed Our World’

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Through the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program, Aaron Wolff from Great Neck, N.Y. and Taryn MacKinney of Fort Collins, Colo. are studying sensational crimes that have shaped the justice system.

This summer, two undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania are examining crimes throughout history and how those events resulted in controversial legislative changes. 

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660July 14, 2015

Elective Surgery Is Associated with Lower Risk of Death than Drugs for Ulcerative Colitis Treatment, Penn Study Finds

Patients over 50 with ulcerative colitis (UC), a chronic disease of the colon, who undergo surgery to treat their condition live longer than those who are treated with medications, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658July 14, 2015

Fruitfly Sperm Cells Reveal Intricate Coordination in Stem Cell Replication, Penn Study Finds

Stem cells are key for the continual renewal of tissues in our bodies. As such, manipulating stem cells also holds much promise for biomedicine if their regenerative capacity can be harnessed. However, understanding how stem cells govern normal tissue renewal is a field still in its infancy.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658July 15, 2015

Hydraulic Fracturing Linked to Increases in Hospitalization Rates in the Marcellus Shale Region, According to Penn Study

Hospitalizations for heart conditions, neurological illness, and other conditions were higher among people who live near unconventional gas and oil drilling (hydraulic fracturing), according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University published this week in PLOS ONE.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658July 15, 2015

Vision-Restoring Gene Therapy Also Strengthens Visual Processing Pathways in Brain, According to Penn Study

Since 2007, clinical trials using gene therapy have resulted in often-dramatic sight restoration for dozens of children and adults who were otherwise doomed to blindness. Now, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), have found evidence that this sight restoration leads to strengthening of visual pathways in the brain, published this week in Science Translational Medicine.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 15, 2015

Penn Vet Team Shows a Protein Modification Determines Enzyme’s Fate

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For the first time, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine show how an amino acid tag on a protein has the power to greatly influence the function of an enzyme called PRPS2, which is required for human life and can become hyperactive in cancer.

The human genome encodes roughly 20,000 genes, only a few thousand more than fruit flies. The complexity of the human body, therefore, comes from far more than just the sequence of nucleotides that comprise our DNA, it arises from modifications that occur at the level of gene, RNA and protein.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 17, 2015

Researchers at Penn Develop Scar-like Culture Systems to Understand and Treat Fibrosis

A scar might be a reminder of an accident or surgery, but the fibrous tissue that makes up a scar also forms after a heart attack and arises in solid tumors as well as in chronic diseases such as liver cirrhosis and muscular dystrophy. Implanted medical devices and materials are similarly surrounded by fibrous capsules that impede their function.