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Woolly MammothsHow the Mammoth Got its Wool Genetic changes are identified that helped the woolly mammoth survive in the Arctic

02 July 2015 — Evolutionary change in a gene resurrected in the lab from the extinct woolly mammoth altered the gene's temperature sensitivity and likely was part of a suite of adaptations that allowed the mammoth to survive in harsh arctic environments, according to new research. In a study published in Cell Reports on July 2, 2015, researchers determined the whole-genome sequence of two woolly mammoths and three modern Asian elephants, predicted the function of genetic changes found only in the mammoths, and then experimentally validated the function of a woolly mammoth gene reconstructed in the lab. The research team includes scientists from Penn State University, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and the University of Chicago.

Schreyer Scholar credited with co-discovery of new pulsar: Never-before-seen star found during NSF-funded educational outreach program (11 May 2015)

Augustin Banyaga Named Distinguished Senior Scholar (11 May 2015)

Charles Fisher Named Distinguished Senior Scholar (11 May 2015)

Physics major Jacob Wisser awarded a Goldwater Scholarship (7 May 2015)

Mallouk elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences (6 May 2015)

New technique shows shale-drilling additives in drinking-water taps near leak (5 May 2015)

Giant gorging black holes may explain rapid growth of infant universe (30 April 2015)

Peter Hohman to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Spring Commencement 2015 (30 April 2015)

Simpson Lecture Set for May 4 (24 April 2015)

New NASA coalition to lead search for life on distant worlds includes two leaders at Penn State (21 April 2015)

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