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DNA structure impacts rate and accuracy of DNA synthesis
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.
New gene therapy reprograms brain glial cells into neurons
New gene therapy reprograms brain glial cells into neurons 13 November 2018A new gene therapy can turn certain brain glial cells into functioning neurons, which in turn could help repair the brain after a stroke or during neurological disorders like Alzheimer's or Parkinson’s diseases.
Penn State set to lead on new exoplanet science priorities
Penn State set to lead on new exoplanet science priorities 07 November 2018A report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sets the stage for Penn State's Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds to expand its role in NASA's exoplanetary science initiatives
Hot temperatures can trigger an RNA response in plants
Hot temperatures can trigger an RNA response in plants 05 November 2018The stress of hotter temperatures may trigger a response in a plant's RNA -- part of a cell's genetic messaging system -- to help manage this change in its environment, according to a team of Penn State researchers.
Pathogens may evade immune response with metal-free enzyme required for DNA replication
Pathogens may evade immune response with metal-free enzyme required for DNA replication 18 October 2018New study shows that some bacterial pathogens, including those that cause strep throat and pneumonia, are able to create the components necessary to replicate their DNA using a ribonucleotide reductase enzyme that does not require a metal ion cofactor.
New NSF-funded ultrafast microscopy laboratory to support research of 2D materials
New NSF-funded ultrafast microscopy laboratory to support research of 2D materials 15 October 2018The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1.4 million to a team of Penn State scientists led by John Asbury, associated professor of chemistry, to develop a new laboratory at Penn State with ultra-fast microscopes that will provide a high-resolution look at two-dimensional materials.
Giraffe babies inherit spot patterns from their mothers
Giraffe babies inherit spot patterns from their mothers 02 October 2018Some features of a giraffe’s spot pattern are passed on from mother to baby, according to a new study led by researchers from Penn State.
Shake, Rattle, and Roll to High Efficiency Photovoltaics
Shake, Rattle, and Roll to High Efficiency Photovoltaics 27 September 2018New insight into how a certain class of photovoltaic materials allows efficient conversion of sunlight into electricity could set up these materials to replace traditional silicon solar cells.
Lab Bench to Commercialization 2018–19 grant recipients announced
25 September 2018Three faculty members will receive $75,000 each toward commercializing intellectual property
A naturally occurring antibiotic active against drug-resistant tuberculosis
A naturally occurring antibiotic active against drug-resistant tuberculosis 20 September 2018A naturally occurring antibiotic called kanglemycin A is effective against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that cause tuberculosis, even in drug-resistant strains
Young children’s oral bacteria may predict obesity
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.
The surprising environment of an enigmatic neutron star
The surprising environment of an enigmatic neutron star 17 September 2018An unusual infrared emission detected by the Hubble Space Telescope from a nearby neutron star could indicate that the pulsar has features never before seen. The observation could help astronomers better understand the evolution of neutron stars.
Coral bleaching increases disease risk in threatened species
Coral bleaching increases disease risk in threatened species 11 September 2018Researchers highlight the need to increase genetic diversity among staghorn corals to prevent further loss in the Florida Reef Tract
Family genetic background vital for understanding progression of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders
07 September 2018Whether an individual develops a neurodevelopmental disorder like autism or ADHD, and the severity of that disorder, depends on genetic changes beyond a single supposedly disease-causing mutation. A new study led by researchers at Penn State reveals that the total amount of rare mutations—deletions, duplications, or other changes to the DNA sequence—in a person’s genome can explain why individuals with a disease-associated mutation can have vastly different symptoms.
Could a demon help to create a quantum computer? Physicists implement a version of Maxwell's famous thought experiment for reducing entropy
Could a demon help to create a quantum computer? Physicists implement a version of Maxwell's famous thought experiment for reducing entropy 05 September 2018Reduced entropy in a three-dimensional lattice of super-cooled, laser-trapped atoms could help speed progress toward creating quantum computers.
Water worlds could have stable climate, perhaps support life, study says
Water worlds could have stable climate, perhaps support life, study says 31 August 2018“Water world” planets, those covered with a deep global ocean, could maintain surface conditions similar to that of the Earth for over a billion years.
New NSF-funded center to explore chemistry of “nanothreads”
New NSF-funded center to explore chemistry of “nanothreads” 27 August 2018The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1.8 million to a team of scientists led by John Badding, professor of chemistry, physics, and materials science and engineering at Penn State, to establish the NSF Center for Nanothread Chemistry (CNC).
Births, deaths and collisions: Swift’s telescope snaps one millionth UV image
Births, deaths and collisions: Swift’s telescope snaps one millionth UV image 22 August 2018The Ultraviolet Optical Telescope (UVOT) aboard the NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory captured its millionth image on May 13. Swift's science and flight operations are controlled by Penn State from the Mission Operations Center at the University Park campus.
Community-based conservation management has positive effect on wildlife
Community-based conservation management has positive effect on wildlife 13 August 2018Putting land management in the hands of local communities helps the wildlife within, according to new research by Penn State biologist Derek Lee.
Diverse symbionts of reef corals have endured since 'age of dinosaurs'
Diverse symbionts of reef corals have endured since 'age of dinosaurs' 09 August 2018Coral-algal partnerships dating back 160 million years show ability to withstand severe environmental change

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