Neurons that control hibernation-like behavior are discovered

Neuroscientists have discovered neurons that control hibernation-like behavior in mice, a finding that could translate into applications in humans, such as preventing brain injury during a stroke.

Kevin Jiang • harvard
June 11, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: science-technology brain-injury basic-research blavatnik-institute-at-hms hibernation fostrap torpor

Researchers restore neural connections in zebra fish

Precise control over neuron growth paves the way for repairing injuries, including those to the spinal cord, and improving brain models.

Jessica Lau • harvard
June 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology engineering basic-research paola-arlotta spinal-cord-injury axon developmental-cell growth-cone leonard-zon-lab neuron-growth

Synthetic microbial system developed to find objects’ origin

DNA-barcoded microbial spores can trace origin of objects, agricultural products.

Kevin Jiang • harvard
June 4, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: science-technology basic-research broad-institute sherlock probiotic dna-barcodes dna-barcoded-microbial-system foodborne-illnesses

A connection between ancestry and the molecular makeup of cancer

A new study takes the most comprehensive look to date at the connection between the ancestry and the molecular makeup of cancer.

Rob Levy • harvard
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cancer basic-research health-medicine tumors broad-institute human-genome-project ancestry nci-cancer-genome-analysis-network

New technology could provide rapid detection of COVID-19

The CRISPR-based molecular diagnostics chip’s capacity ranges from detecting a single type of virus in more than 1,000 samples at a time to searching a small number of samples for more than 160 different viruses, including the COVID-19 virus.

Karen Zusi • harvard
April 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology engineering covid-19 basic-research broad-institute carmen combinatorial-arrayed-reactions-for-multiplexed-evaluation-of-nucleic-acids crispr-based

Study identifies potential drug treatments for telomere diseases

Potential drug treatments are being developed for telomere diseases, in which cells age prematurely.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
April 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: stem-cells basic-research health-medicine boston-childrens-hospital cell-stem-cell premature-aging telomerase telomere-diseases telomeres

Rising mental health concerns in the coronavirus era

Uncertainty, unemployment, and ill health are combining to feed a rise in concern about America’s mental health as people shelter from the coronavirus and each other, a Harvard Chan School psychiatric epidemiologist said Thursday.

Alvin Powell • harvard
April 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: mental-health covid-19 coronavirus depression anxiety basic-research health-medicine alvin-powell harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health ptsd karestan-koenen

How a new vaccine adjuvant might help to shorten race to COVID-19 immunity

Further research and development on a class of molecules called bisphosphonates might turbocharge a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus, and help bring immunity to huge populations more quickly.

Caroline Perry • harvard
April 9, 2020 ~16 min

Tags: science-technology covid-19 basic-research sars-cov-2 harvard-office-of-technology-development mit-and-harvard ragon-institute-of-mgh uli-von-andrian

Clinicians may one day give up syringes in favor of pills

New formulations enable oral delivery of therapeutics traditionally delivered intravenously.

Caroline Perry • harvard
April 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  engineering  basic-research  health-medicine  office-of-technology-development  i20-therapeutics

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