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February 8, 2018

Increasingly, chocolate-makers turn to science Researchers are studying chocolate to boost its health benefits and produce more of this tasty treat

January 19, 2018

The Penn State Endowed Program in the Molecular Biology of Cacao is pleased to announce the 2018 Summer Internship Program for minority undergraduate college students supported by the Plant Genome Program of the National Science Foundation.

February 24, 2017

Imagine working with cocoa all day, but never knowing the taste of chocolate. Lecturer Kristy Leissle says that’s the case for many farmers in Ghana, the number two producer of cocoa in the world, where high temperatures stymie the market. A new discovery by biologist Mark Guiltinan and his lab could change things, though, making chocolate less fickle and bringing it to millions - or billions - more people.