It was always thought that olfactory receptors’ sole bodily function was to smell, and could only be found inside a nose. But now a new study has found two olfactory receptors in human lung tissue.
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Researchers found that rodents that had been exposed to stress had a weakened alcohol-induced dopamine response and voluntarily drank more alcohol compared to controls. The blunted dopamine signaling to ethanol arose due to changes in the circuitry in the ventral tegmental area, the heart of the brain’s reward system.
The enzyme ALKBH1 can remove molecular modifications from transfer RNA, causing a measurable effect on protein translation in the cell, new research demonstrates. The study sheds new light on how cells control gene expression, and suggests the possibility that transfer RNA (tRNA) influences cellular processes beyond protein translation.
The Creativity, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development (CEED) Center at Penn State Berks will host an event as part of its speaker series at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in room 5, Luerssen Buidling. Guest speakers include Timothy Hillert, CEO of BenXChange; John Gatto, partner at TAR Capital, LLC; and Pam Moore-O’Neill, owner of Moore Music.
PlantVillage, an online crop-disease knowledge library and image database co-founded by a Penn State researcher, was represented at an event unveiling a new agricultural workforce development initiative Oct. 6 in Washington, D.C. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the White House Rural Council announced America the Bountiful, which will include wide-ranging efforts to expand and diversify the U.S. agriculture workforce.
While the majority of prostate cancers are slow growing and not fatal, some are aggressive and lethal. Genomic fingerprinting can help predict a tumor’s aggressiveness and tailor treatment plans, report researchers.
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