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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 6, 2014

NIH New Innovator Award Goes to Penn Bioengineer for Lung-disease-on-a-chip Research

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Nature is often said to be the greatest innovator. University of Pennsylvania engineer Dan Huh, a pioneer in the development of “organs-on-chips,” tiny, three-dimensional models of living human organs, uses nature’s creativity as a source of inspiration.

By Madeleine Stone @themadstone

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 3, 2014

Penn Vet Students Travel the World to Treat Wildlife

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It’s not unusual for students at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine to travel to far-flung locales caring for exotic animals. From Africa to Haitian goat farms and the southwest Alaskan coast, such excursions provide experiences that supplement a busy academic year of classes, research and clinic.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

Every morning this past July, Max Emanuel, a veterinary student at the University of Pennsylvania, would get up and drive to work. But Emanuel’s was no run-of-the-mill morning commute.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 2, 2014

DNA ‘Bias’ May Keep Some Diseases in Circulation, Penn Biologists Show

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In a new study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, University of Pennsylvania researchers Joseph Lachance and Sarah A. Tishkoff investigated a process called gene conversion in the context of the evolution of human populations. They found that a bias toward certain types of DNA sequences during gene conversion may be an important factor in why certain heritable diseases persist in populations around the world.

It’s an early lesson in genetics: we get half our DNA from Mom, half from Dad.

But that straightforward explanation does not account for a process that sometimes occurs when cells divide. Called gene conversion, the copy of a gene from Mom can replace the one from Dad, or vice versa, making the two copies identical.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 1, 2014

Research From Penn and UCSB Shows How Giant Clams Harness the Sun

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Researchers have now shown how giant clams use iridescent structures to thrive, operating as exceedingly efficient, living greenhouses that grow symbiotic algae as a source of food. This understanding could have implications for alternative energy research.

Evolution in extreme environments has produced life forms with amazing abilities and traits. Beneath the waves, many creatures sport iridescent structures that rival what materials scientists can make in the laboratory.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 25, 2014

Penn-led Study Ties Aging to Oxidative Damage in Mitochondria

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In a new study, University of Pennsylvania scientists used innovative techniques to find evidence that oxidative damage in mitochondria — the small compartments in cells that convert food to energy — may play a role in the aging process.

As long as humans have been alive, they’ve been seeking ways to extend life just a little longer. So far no one has found the fountain of youth, but researchers have begun to understand how humans age, little by little, offering hope for therapies that may blunt the effects of time on the body.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 25, 2014

Opening of Penn Engineering’s New 3-D Printing Facility: ‘The AddLab’

Thanks in part to an anonymous $250,000 gift, the University of Pennsylvania‘s School of Engineering and Applied Science is opening the AddLab, a new additive manufacturing facility that will feature a suite of state-of-the-art 3-D printing tools.

WHO

Robert W. Carpick
John Henry Towne Professor and Department Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania

Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Staff and Students

WHAT

Tour of new additive manufacturing facility
Demonstration of 3-D printed objects

WHEN

Thursday, October 2, 4-5:30 p.m.

WHERE

Towne Building Room 187
Chancellor Walk Entrance (Labled "1" on map)
Accessible from 34th and Walnut streets

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 25, 2014

Penn Chemists Observe Key Reaction for Producing ‘Atmosphere’s Detergent’

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Understanding exactly how this reaction proceeds is critical for predicting how the atmosphere will respond to environmental changes, but it occurs so quickly that all of the molecules involved haven’t been measured in the wild.

Earth’s atmosphere is a complicated dance of molecules. The chemical output of plants, animals and human industry rise into the air and pair off in sequences of chemical reactions. Such processes help maintain the atmosphere’s chemical balance; for example, some break down pollutants emitted from the burning of fossil fuels.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 25, 2014

As a Citation Laureate, Penn Physicist Charles Kane Contender for Nobel Prize

Charles Kane, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Pennsylvania ’s School of Arts & Sciences, is one of this year’s Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 18, 2014

Penn Study: Exercise Boosts Tumor-fighting Ability of Chemotherapy

Study after study has proven it true: exercise is good for you. But new research from University of Pennsylvania scientists suggests that exercise may have an added benefit for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Plant Cells May Help Treat Hemophilia

September 6, 2014

Henry Daniell of the School of Dental Medicine says, “Our technique, which uses plant-based capsules, has the potential to be a cost-effective and safe alternative.”

Article Source: Times of India