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Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

Hearing testimony from a group of diverse experts from the fields of bioethics, theology, law, technology transfer, engineering, and various fields in science and medicine, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues met at Penn on September 13-14.

Penn Science Cafe

Penn Science CafeIf the popularity of the prime-time sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” or the number of television programs produced in the Star Trek franchise (6!) says anything about popular culture, it's that science is not necessarily the enemy of fun. For the skeptics who need proof that science can be dramatic, inspiring and accessible, there is the Penn Science Café, now in its fifth season.

Do Dogs Need Sweaters?

December 27, 2010

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine offers advice on warm clothing for dogs in winter.

Article Source: Slate

Freedom From Kidney

January 2, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on forcing someone to donate an organ.

Article Source: Blick.ch (Germany)
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658December 23, 2010

Structure of Key Molecule in Immune System Provides Clues for Designing Drugs, According to Penn Study

PHILADELPHIA - A team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Utrecht University has deciphered a key step in an evolutionarily old branch of the immune response. This system, called complement, comprises a network of proteins that “complement” the work of antibodies in destroying foreign invaders. It serves as a rapid defense mechanism in most species from primitive sponges to humans.

Poverty Puts Chester Into a Food Desert

December 23, 2010

Edward Emmett of the School of Medicine comments on the obesity rate in Chester children in comparison to other children.

 

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658December 22, 2010

Penn Researchers Identify Potential Target for Breast Cancer Therapy

PHILADELPHIA – Overexpression or hyperactivation of ErbB cell-surface receptors drives the growth of many breast cancers. Drugs, like Herceptin, that block the receptors’ signals halt tumor progression in some patients. However, not all patients’ tumors respond, with some becoming resistant over time. Different drugs that interfere with other steps in the signaling pathway may improve the response of patients, yet little is known about these molecules.

Video: New Tech May Help Young Basketball Player

December 17, 2010

Penn doctors use a new type of implantable defibrillator that may help young basketball player’s medical condition.

Article Source: WPVI-TV (Philadelphia)

Top 100 Stories of 2010 #10: Early Diagnosis for Alzheimer’s

December 16, 2010

Les Shaw and John Trojanowski of the School of Medicine are cited for their contributions to an early diagnosis for Alzheimer’s.

Article Source: Discover Magazine

Healing Powers

December 20, 2010

Harvey Rubin of the School of Medicine is featured for helping developing a program to provide refrigeration for vaccines for earthquake victims in Haiti.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer