Health & Medicine

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'I Am Hatred': What Turns Someone Into a Psycho-Killer?

August 25, 2010

Adrian Raine of the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine is cited for his neurological research on psychopathic behavior.

Article Source: “Nightline” (ABC News)
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | 215-349-5658 | August 26, 2010

Genome Comparison of Ants Establishes New Model Species for Molecular Research

By comparing two species of ants, Shelley Berger, PhD, the Daniel S. Och University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues Danny Reinberg, PhD, New York University, and Juergen Liebig, PhD, Arizona State University, have established an important new avenue of research for epigenetics -- the study of how the expression or suppression of particular genes affects an organism's characteristics, development, and even behavior.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | | 215-349-8369August 26, 2010

Penn Study Sheds Light on How the Brain Transitions Between Sleep and Awake States Under Anesthesia

Despite the fact that an estimated 25 million patients per year in the U.S. undergo surgeries using general anesthesia, scientists have only been able to hypothesize exactly how anesthetics interact with the central nervous system. They previously thought that the processes of “going under” and waking up from anesthesia affected the brain in the same way.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658August 26, 2010

Swimming Upstream: Molecular Approaches to Better Understand Male Infertility

Male infertility is a common medical problem, affecting millions of men in the United States annually. Its causes include an inability to make productive sperm. Now, using yeast as a model organism, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine are beginning to identify the molecular signals that could in part underlie that problem.

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Researchers at University of Pennsylvania Find Possible Genetic Link to Lou Gehrig's Disease

August 26, 2010

John Trojanowski, Virginia Lee and Aaron Gitler of the School of Medicine and Nancy Bonini of the School of Arts and Sciences are featured for their research on a Lou Gehrig’s disease gene.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Study Makes Breakthrough in Shrinking Tumors of Terminal Melanoma Patients

August 26, 2010

School of Medicine researchers are cited for a breakthrough melanoma treatment.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Administration to Appeal Ruling in Stem-Cell Case

August 24, 2010

Jonathan Moreno of the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences says new stem-cell research laws will negatively impact ongoing studies.

Article Source: National Public Radio

Halt to U.S. Stem Cell Funding Likely to Derail Research, Scientists Say

August 24, 2010

Jonathan Moreno of the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences comments on new U.S. stem-cell research legislation.

Article Source: Bloomberg News
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460August 25, 2010

University of Pennsylvania-Led Study Identifies New Genetic Risk Factor for Lou Gehrig’s Disease

PHILADELPHIA –- An international study led by biologists and neuroscientists from the University of Pennsylvania has identified a new genetic risk factor for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Stem Cell Reversal: Ill Americans Deserve Better

August 24, 2010

 Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine authors an op-ed on the legality of stem-cell research.

Article Source: MSNBC