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Reconciling ENCODE and CODIS

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The use of DNA in forensics is powerful yet subject to uncertainties. Jennifer Wagner, JD, PhD, a Research Associate at the Center for the Integration of Genetic Healthcare Technologies at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn CIGHT), and Sara Katsanis, MS, an Associate in Research at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy at Duke University (Duke IGSP) conducted an exhaustive search of the literature and genome databases to put forensic markers used in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) into a context of current understanding of the human genome. Their findings are available in an early online issue of the Journal of Forensic Sciences.

News Travels Fast: Penn Medicine News in Front of 30 Million People a Day

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Now that Penn Medicine's new fiscal year, for 2013, is underway, we took a look back at our last year’s worth of media activities to see how our efforts to promote the research and clinical care work by our amazing faculty and staff made an impact from July 2011 through June 2012.

Celebrating 10 Years of Collaboration in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

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On Monday, October 10th, members of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) will travel from Africa to join their colleagues on Penn’s campus to celebrate 10 years of medical and academic collaboration. The partnership began in 2001, when Penn Medicine sent one physician to the southern African nation. That was during the...

Addressing Unmet Needs: The Science Behind Rare Cholesterol Diseases

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How the rare informs the common is becoming a – well – more common theme in biomedical research. Working with people who have rare genetic conditions provides researchers with a unique window into learning the role specific genes play in more common diseases.

Welcome to the Penn Medicine News Blog

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The Penn Medicine News Blog is a place where members of Penn Medicine's communications staff will be sharing news story ideas and perspectives on health and science news topics. It's an opportunity to open a door, and to build an on-ramp for the public -- patients, families, and the community -- into the wider universe of Penn Medicine. I explain how using an example with adorable puppies.

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