Recreating the adrenal gland in a petri dish

A School of Veterinary Medicine–led team coaxed stem cells to take on the characteristics and functions of a human adrenal gland, progress that could lead to new therapies for adrenal insufficiencies and a deeper understanding of the genetics of such disorders.

Katherine Unger Baillie

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The Scientist

Recently discovered virus family infects a human oral amoeba

A study by Frederic Bushman of the Perelman School of Medicine and colleagues points to a human oral amoeba as the host for a recently discovered family of DNA viruses.


New Scientist

Antibiotics encoded in Neanderthal DNA could help us fight infections

César de la Fuente of the Perelman School of Medicine and colleagues have identified extinct antibiotic molecules in ancient mitochondrial DNA that could be revived to help fight infections.


New Scientist

Lab-grown adrenal glands could help treat hormone-related conditions

Kotaro Sasaki of the School of Veterinary Medicine and colleagues have grown adrenal glands from stem cells in the lab for the first time.


Philadelphia Inquirer

These Philly award-winners tackle problems from inside the brain to outer space

Nancy Bonini of the School of Arts & Sciences is lauded for her work studying Parkinson’s and other brain diseases by probing fruit fly genes.



CRISPR cancer trial success paves the way for personalized treatments

Joseph Fraietta of the Perelman School of Medicine explains the complicated manufacturing process behind T-cell cancer therapies.


Popular Science

Even dinosaurs couldn’t escape the sniffles

Ali Nabavizadeh of the School of Veterinary Medicine commented on research that found evidence of respiratory infections in dinosaurs. “This paper provides yet another piece of evidence to show just how modern dinosaurs—the birds—are biologically so similar to their extinct non-avian dinosaurian relatives, even to the point of showing similar diseases,” he said.