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Scientific American

Four success stories in gene therapy

Jean Bennett and Albert Maguire of the Perelman School of Medicine developed a gene therapy to treat blindness in patients with retinal dystrophy caused by mutations in the RPE65 gene. “These people can now do things they never could have dreamed of doing, and they’re more independent and enjoying life,” said Bennett.

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Politifact

The Supreme Court’s ‘shadow docket’: What you need to know

Kermit Roosevelt of the Law School is quoted on the difference in timing when the Supreme Court expedites decisions on emergency actions. 

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HealthDay

How 1.3 million Americans became controlled by conservatorships

Jasmine Harris of the Law School spoke about the U.S. conservatorship system. "The best type of guardianship is the one that never happens," she said. "We have to reimagine the types of community supports that we have in place to provide the scaffolding that I was talking about, that makes guardianship unnecessary."

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ABC News

Why COVID boosters weren't tweaked to better match variants

John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine said there’s no guarantee that a booster shot retooled to target the delta variant would work better than a general COVID-19 vaccine booster.

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Al Jazeera

Neglect of Palestinians in Israel fuels killing spree

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on how illegal weapons, gangs and an extremely high crime rate are the result of the Israeli government neglecting the Palestinian sector.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Guided mastery: The scaffolding you need to grow stronger

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences wrote about the importance of imbuing young people with a sense of personal agency. “Don’t tell anyone they have complete control of their destiny. That’s not true,” she said. “And yet each of us, no matter our circumstances, has some control, particularly over our own thoughts and actions.”

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MarketWatch

Companies have a new weapon in the hunt for talent: free college degrees. Why it’s important to read the fine print.

Peter Cappelli of the Wharton School is quoted on the strategic reasons why employers might want to offer debt-free degree programs. 

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The New York Times

Booster Confusion

Scott Hensley of the Perelman School of Medicine commented on the recommendation to get an mRNA booster.  

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WHYY-Radio (Philadelphia)

How HUP plans the big move — including patients — to its new Pavilion building

Monisha Kumar of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on moving her hospital unit to the new Penn Pavilion.

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Elle Magazine

Genetic testing saves lives. So why aren’t more women of color doing it?

Susan Domchek and Carmen Guerra of the Perelman School of Medicine are interviewed on why understanding heritage can transform outcomes for Black and Latinx women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.  

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