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A collection of press releases about statistics research conduced by Penn State scientists.
DNA structure impacts rate and accuracy of DNA synthesis
13 November 2018DNA sequences with the potential to form unusual conformations, which are frequently associated with cancer and neurological diseases, can in fact slow down or speed up the DNA synthesis process and cause more or fewer sequencing errors.
Young children’s oral bacteria may predict obesity
19 September 2018Weight gain in early childhood is related to the composition of oral bacteria of two-year-old children, suggesting that this understudied aspect of a child’s microbiota -- the collection of microorganisms residing in the mouth -- could serve as an early indicator for childhood obesity.
New statistical method for evaluating reproducibility in studies of genome organization
03 October 2017A new, statistical method to evaluate the reproducibility of data from Hi-C -- a cutting-edge tool for studying how the genome works in three dimensions inside of a cell -- will help ensure that the data in these “big data” studies is reliable.
Penn State and Geisinger team up in new program to train next generation of biomedical scientists
27 April 2017A new $2.4-million program for graduate students seeking to contribute to breakthrough discoveries in medicine and biology has been established at Penn State University. The new Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge Training Program (B2D2K) brings together researchers at Penn State and the Geisinger Genomic Medicine Institute to accelerate advances in the biomedical and life sciences.
Disease-associated genes routinely missed in some genetic studies
20 April 2017Whole-exome DNA sequencing -- a technology that saves time and money by sequencing only protein-coding regions and not the entire genome -- may routinely miss detecting some genetic variations associated with disease, according to Penn State researchers who have developed new ways to identify such omissions.
Grant to help pave a big data highway to explore genome, enhance health
15 February 2017A $6.1 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health may help researchers leverage massive amounts of genomic data to develop medical treatments and pharmaceuticals, according to an international team of researchers.
Using satellite images to better target vaccination
07 October 2016A team of researchers led by Penn State scientists have combined satellite imagery, vaccination records, and measles case reports to illustrate how using predictable population fluctuations can help to improve vaccination coverage -- a vital factor in combatting infectious disease outbreaks. The research is published in the October 5, 2016 edition of the journal Scientific Reports.
Penn State harnessing research muscle to fight infectious diseases
09 February 2016It’s easy to forget about the deadly diseases of the past when decades-old breakthroughs in science and medicine have kept them at bay for so long. Diseases like measles, mumps, whooping cough and polio tend to lose their shock value when they’re out of sight and mind — as they have been, by and large, since the mid-20th century.
Software can automatically critique composition of digital photographs
13 August 2015Software provides digital photographers with constructive feedback
Major New Study Reveals New Similarities and Differences Between Mice and Humans
19 November 2014Powerful clues have been discovered about why the human immune system, metabolism, stress response, and other life functions are so different from those of the mouse. A new, comprehensive study of the mouse genome by an international group of researchers including Penn State University scientists reveals striking similarities and differences with the human genome. The study may lead to better use of mouse models in medical research.
In Disease Outbreak Management, Flexibility Can Save Lives and Money
21 October 2014A new approach for responding to and managing disease outbreaks is being proposed by a team of epidemiologists led by two Penn State University researchers. The team's flexible approach could save many lives and millions of dollars.
Predicting the Future of Antarctic Ice
30 September 2014The National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences has awarded more than $500,000 to Penn State to develop new statistical methods needed for predicting the future of Antarctic ice sheets. Using information gleaned from geologic data from the past 20,000 years, the scientists also will apply their new methods to provide a better understanding of the past and current behavior of the ice sheets.
New Characterization of the Human Genome's Ability to Mutate Catalyzes Biomedical Research
19 August 2013As biomedical researchers continue to make progress toward the realization of personalized genomic medicine, their focus is increasingly tuned to highly mutable regions of the human genome that contribute significantly to genetic variation as well as many inherited disorders.
Temperature alters population dynamics of common plant pests
01 August 2013Temperature-driven changes alter outbreak patterns of tea tortrix -- an insect pest -- and may shed light on how temperature influences whether insects emerge as cohesive cohorts or continuously, according to an international team of researchers. These findings have implications for both pest control and how climate change may alter infestations.
On Twitter, Anti-Vaccination Sentiments Spread More Easily than Pro-Vaccination Sentiments
04 April 2013On Twitter, a popular microblogging and social-networking service, statements about vaccines may have unexpected effects -- positive messages may backfire, according to a team of Penn State University researchers led by Marcel Salathé, an assistant professor of biology. The team tracked the pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine messages to which Twitter users were exposed and then observed how those users expressed their own sentiments about a new vaccine for combating influenza H1N1 -- a virus strain responsible for swine flu.
Statistics help clear fog for better climate change picture
13 February 2013Statistics is an important tool in sorting through information on how human activities are affecting the climate system, as well as how climate change affects natural and human systems, according to a Penn State statistician.
Team Receives Grant for Data-Privacy Research
08 December 2010A team of researchers led by Aleksandra Slavkovic, associate professor of statistics, and Adam Smith and Sofya Raskhodnikova, faculty members in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation Cyber-Enabled Innovation and Discovery program. The team will use a multidisciplinary approach combining statistics and computer science to study how research data in the social and heath sciences can be made more widely available without compromising privacy.
Online System Rates Images by Aesthetic Quality
05 May 2009An online photo-rating system developed at Penn State is the first publicly available tool for automatically determining the aesthetic value of an image, according to a Penn State researcher involved with the project.
Researchers Discover Biomarker Linked to Aggressive Prostate Cancer
11 February 2009Researchers from Penn State University and the University of Michigan have identified a group of small molecules, called metabolites, whose presence in urine indicates that a patient has prostate cancer.
Researchers Teach Computers to Search for Photos Based on Their Contents
08 October 2008  

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