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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 19, 2015

Penn: Stressed Dads Affect Offspring Brain Development Through Sperm MicroRNA

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University of Pennsylvania researchers have shown at the molecular level how experiencing stress changes a male mouse’s sperm in such a way that it affects his offspring’s response to stress.

More and more, scientists have realized that DNA is not the only way that a parent can pass on traits to their offspring. Events experienced by a parent over a lifetime can also have an impact.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 9, 2015

Penn Study Stops Vision Loss in Late-stage Canine X-linked Retinitis Pigmentosa

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Three years ago, a team from the University of Pennsylvania announced that they had cured X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, a blinding retinal disease, in dogs. Now they’ve shown that they can cure the canine disease over the long term, even when the treatment is given after half or more of the affected photoreceptor cells have been destroyed.

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Audio: Our Microbiome and Our Health

October 5, 2015

Gary Wu and Frederic Bushman of the Perelman School of Medicine and Tracy Bale of the School of Veterinary Medicine join a discussion about understanding the microbiome.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 1, 2015

Penn Vet-Temple Team Characterizes Genetic Mutations Linked to a Form of Blindness

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A collaboration between University of Pennsylvania and Temple University scientists has identified two naturally occurring genetic mutations in dogs that result in achromatopsia, a form of blindness.

Achromatopsia is a rare, inherited vision disorder that affects the eye’s cone cells, resulting in problems with daytime vision, clarity and color perception. It often strikes people early in life, and currently there is no cure for the condition.

Researchers Dig for Cause of Dog Diabetes

September 17, 2015

 

Rebecka Hess of the School of Veterinary Medicine and doctoral student Emily Shields of the Perelman School of Medicine are cited for researching dogs with diabetes.

Article Source: HealthDay
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 14, 2015

Penn Vet Team Identifies a Form of Congenital Night Blindness in Dogs

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Working in collaboration with Japanese scientists, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have for the first time found a form of CSNB in dogs. Their discovery and subsequent hunt for the genetic mutation responsible may one day allow for the development of gene therapy to correct the dysfunction in people as well as dogs.

People with congenital stationary night blindness, or CSNB, have normal vision during the day but find it difficult or impossible to distinguish objects in low light. This rare condition is present from birth and can seriously impact quality of life, especially in locations and conditions where artificial illumination is not available.

How Luck and Planning Saved K-9 Cody’s Life

September 14, 2015

 

Cindy Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine is highlighted for her work with the Working Dog Center.

Article Source: PhillyVoice.com
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 3, 2015

Penn Study Identifies Viral Product That Promotes Immune Defense Against RSV

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Research led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Carolina López found a viral product that promotes a strong immune response against respiratory syncytial virus, a threat to infants and the elderly.

Almost all human beings are exposed to the respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, before their second birthdays. For most, the symptoms mimic those of the common cold: runny nose, coughing, sneezing, fever.

Does Your Personality Affect Your Dog? Here’s How You Can Find Out

August 31, 2015

 

James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine is mentioned for collaborating on a study about how canine behavior could be caused by an owner’s personality and psychological status.

Article Source: Phys.org
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194August 24, 2015

World Water Week at Penn

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Penn's health schools are celebrating World Water Week by featuring stories that highlight the University's expertise in water-related issues. Follow along on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬.

The University of Pennsylvania's health schools are showing support for World Water Week by highlighting the University's expertise in a broad range of water-related issues. Each day we'll feature a different topic. Follow along and learn more on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬.