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Media Contact:Pam Kosty | pkosty@upenn.edu | 215-898-4045June 5, 2013

Penn Research Identifies Bone Tumor in 120,000-Year-Old Neandertal Rib

The first-known definitive case of a benign bone tumor has been discovered in the rib of a young Neandertal who lived about 120,000 years ago in what is now present-day Croatia. The bone fragment, which comes from the famous archaeological cave site of Krapina, contains by far the earliest bone tumor ever identified in the archaeological record.

New Jersey Shore Under Oceanic Assault

June 4, 2013

Benjamin Horton of the School of Arts and Sciences reviews his research of sea level rise along the New Jersey shoreline.

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Media Contact:Pam Kosty | pkosty@upenn.edu | 215-898-4045June 3, 2013

Penn Provides New Evidence on Origins of Winemaking in France

France is renowned the world over as a leader in the crafts of viticulture and winemaking—but the beginnings of French viniculture have been largely unknown, until now.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 3, 2013

Penn Research Shows Way to Improve Stem Cells’ Cartilage Formation

Cartilage injuries are difficult to repair. Current surgical options generally involve taking a piece from another part of the injured joint and patching over the damaged area, but this approach involves damaging healthy cartilage, and a person’s cartilage may still deteriorate with age.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 3, 2013

Penn Researchers Integrate Origami and Engineering

The quintessential piece of origami might be a decorative paper crane, but in the hands of an interdisciplinary University of Pennsylvania research team, it could lead to a drug-delivery device, an emergency shelter, or even a space station.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 14, 2013

Penn Research Helps Paint Finer Picture of Massive 1700 Earthquake

In 1700, a massive earthquake struck the west coast of North America. Though it was powerful enough to cause a tsunami as far as Japan, a lack of local documentation has made studying this historic event challenging.

Audio: Anatomy of Violence

May 6, 2013

Adrian Raine of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine is interviewed about studying the psychological origins of crime.

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Audio: Stomach This

May 6, 2013

Paul Rozin of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses the origins of disgust and why consumers are disgusted by some foods and not others.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 20, 2013

Penn Research Makes Advance in Nanotech Gene Sequencing Technique

The allure of personalized medicine has made new, more efficient ways of sequencing genes a top research priority. One promising technique involves reading DNA bases using changes in electrical current as they are threaded through a nanoscopic hole.

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Media Contact:Ashley Berke | berke@vet.upenn.edu | 215-898-1475
Media Contact:John Donges | jdonges@vet.upenn.edu | 215-898-4234May 1, 2013

Penn Vet Working Dog Center Collaborating on Ovarian Cancer Detection Study

In a unique, interdisciplinary collaboration, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Working Dog Center, The School of Arts and Science's Department of Physics and Astronomy, Penn Medicine’s Division of Gynecologic Oncology and the Monell Chemical Senses Center have joined together to study ovarian cancer detection by dogs and e-sensors.