Katherine Unger Baillie covers the School of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, and in the School of Arts and Sciences, manages media relations for biology, earth and environmental science, and history and sociology of science. She also occasionally covers scientific research coming from other parts of Penn.
Far beneath the surface of the ocean, deep currents act as conveyer belts, channeling heat, carbon, oxygen and nutrients around the globe.
Early childhood caries involve a highly aggressive and painful form of tooth decay that frequently occurs in preschool children, especially those who come from backgrounds of poverty. The resulting decay can become so severe that treatment frequently requires surgery.
True monogamy is rare in the animal kingdom. Even in species that appear to “mate for life,” genetic maternity and paternity tests have revealed that philandering often takes place.
Each year in the United States, about 2,600 babies are born with cleft palates, roughly 150,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy, and nearly half a million babies are born preterm, which puts them at risk of respiratory failure.
Babies are born with the ability to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk, but most humans lose this ability after infancy because of declining levels of the lactose-digesting enzyme lactase.
In 2010, scientists in Italy reported that a woman and her daughter showed a puzzling array of disabilities, including epilepsy and cleft palate. The mother had previously lost a 15-day-old son to respiratory failure, and the research team noted that the mother and daughter were missing a large chunk of DNA on their X chromosome.
WHO: Henry Daniell Professor of Biochemistry and Pathology University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Dogs have been close companions of humans for tens of thousands of years, and the objects of close scientific study for many centuries.
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With this season of “Downton Abbey” concluded and “House of Cards” likely consumed in a binge-viewing session, fans of drama might be feeling at a loss.