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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@pobox.upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 13, 2007

University of Pennsylvania Researchers Zero In on the Tiniest Members in the War on Cancer

PHILADELPHIA -– Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University have uncovered another reason why one of the most commonly activated proteins in cancer is so dangerous. As reported in Nature Genetics this week, the Myc protein can stop the production of at least 13 microRNAs, small pieces of nucleic acid that help control which genes are turned on and off.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@pobox.upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 10, 2007

Researchers Led by Penn Vet Uncover the Delicate Protein Balance Behind the Immune System Response

PHILADELPHIA -– A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has identified the protein interactions involved in the immune system process that fights infection yet, in certain inflammatory diseases, runs amok and attacks friendly tissue.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 27, 2007

University of Pennsylvania Establishes Institute for Regenerative Medicine

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania is launching the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a new cross-disciplinary endeavor to investigate and harness the therapeutic potential of stem cells in the treatment of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, degenerative diseases, wound healing and aging. Two renowned Penn scientists, Jonathan A. Epstein and Ralph L. Brinster, will lead the Institute.

The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Ronald J. Daniels.

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