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Q&A: Ethics Chair on Synthetic Biology

November 19, 2010

President Amy Gutmann is interviewed as chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Article Source: The Scientist

Video: New Penn Study Uses Genetics to Help Smokers Stop

November 18, 2010

Caryn Lerner of the School of Medicine comments on how genetics may play a role in smoking cessation.

Article Source: WPVI-TV (Philadelphia)

Hey, Lame-Duck Congress! Fix the Awful Medicare Waiting Period for Disabled People

November 18, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on the ethics of reneging on prior transplant approvals.

Article Source: New Republic

Nurses’ Role in the Future of Health Care

November 18, 2010

Mary Naylor of the School of Nursing stresses the importance of nurses in the health-care system.

Article Source: New York Times

Zapping Nerves Helps Control High Blood Pressure

November 17, 2010

Mariell Jessup of the School of Medicine suggests that high blood pressure patients should be followed long term to make sure that treatments have lasting benefits.

Article Source: Associated Press

Audio: Getting Gruesome to Stop Smoking

November 16, 2010

Andrew Strasser of the School of Medicine shares his views on proposed new anti-smoking labels for cigarette packaging.

Article Source: National Public Radio

Bioethics Panel Finalizes Advice for Synthetic Biology

November 17, 2010

President Amy Gutmann, chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, comments on news-media terminology about synthetic biology.

Article Source: Science

Fewer Living-Donor Kidneys in "Opt-Out" Systems

November 17, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on the ethics of using living donors.

Article Source: Reuters Health

Penn Orthopaedics in Partnership With Del. Hospital

November 15, 2010

Penn Orthopaedics is partnering with Bayhealth Medical Center of Dover, Dela., to create an orthopedics resident program.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658November 17, 2010

Process Leading to Protein Diversity in Cells Important for Proper Neuron Firing

PHILADELPHIA – Cells have their own version of the cut-and-paste editing function called splicing. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have documented a novel form of splicing in the cytoplasm of a nerve cell, which dictates a special form of a potassium channel protein in the outer membrane. The channel protein is found in the dendrites of hippocampus cells -- the seat of memory, learning, and spatial navigation -- and is involved in coordinating the electrical firing of nerve cells.