Philanthropist Len Blavatnik returns to Harvard Medical School

One year after the Blavatnik Family Foundation announced a $200 million commitment to Harvard Medical School, philanthropist Len Blavatnik spent the day at HMS visiting with scientists to learn more about research taking place on campus.

Harvard Gazette | Oct. 21, 2019 | harvard
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Cell stiffness may indicate whether tumors will invade

Study shows tumors with softer, larger cells at their periphery are more likely to spread; may suggest new route for cancer therapy.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 21, 2019 | mit
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Whitehead Institute team resolves structure of master growth regulator

New research reveals how mTORC1 docks at lysosomal surface.

Nicole Davis | Whitehead Institute | Oct. 18, 2019 | mit
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Human 'mini-brain' develops slowest among primates

Researchers grow brains in a lab and discover that human neurons develop more slowly than those of other primates.

By Pallab Ghosh | Oct. 16, 2019 | bbcnews
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Artificial gut aims to expose the elusive microbiome

Testing platform will allow the research community to explore the human microbiome in new ways.

Anne McGovern | Lincoln Laboratory | Oct. 3, 2019 | mit
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First video of viruses assembling released

For the first time, Harvard researchers have captured images of individual viruses forming, offering a real-time view into the kinetics of viral assembly.

Leah Burrows | Oct. 2, 2019 | harvard
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Study finds gut microbes adapt quickly to changes in food preparation

Scientists have recently discovered that different diets — say, high-fat versus low-fat, or plant-based versus animal-based — can rapidly and reproducibly alter the composition and activity of the gut microbiome, where differences in the composition and activity can affect everything from metabolism to immunity to behavior.

Clea Simon | Oct. 2, 2019 | harvard
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Ruth Lehmann elected as director of Whitehead Institute

Lehmann, a world-renowned developmental and cell biology researcher, is the institute’s fifth director.

Lisa Girard | Whitehead Institute | Sept. 19, 2019 | mit
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Study finds hub linking movement and motivation in the brain

Detailed observations in the lateral septum indicate region processes movement and reward information to help direct behavior.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory | Sept. 19, 2019 | mit
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Novosibirsk: 'No risk' after blast and fire at Russian lethal virus lab

A major research centre says no biological agents have been released from a blast and fire at a lab.

BBC Science News | Sept. 17, 2019 | bbcnews
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