Big discovery of tiny rare tardigrade fossil

Discovery in 16-million-year-old amber is the third species of water bear ever found.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Nov. 5, 2021 ~5 min

Harvard researchers show how tusks evolved

New study defines and traces the evolution of tusks from the first animals to sport them.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Nov. 2, 2021 ~6 min

Differences in T cells’ functional states determine resistance to cancer therapy

Researchers decipher when and why immune cells fail to respond to immunotherapy, and suggest that T cells need a different kind of prodding in order to re-engage the immune response.

Grace van Deelen | Department of Biology • mit
Nov. 1, 2021 ~7 min

Progress doesn’t always mean movement, says Harvard study of daily exercise

Research comparing 19th- and 21st-century Americans finds a half-hour decline in physical activity. Blame it on planes, trains, and automobiles.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Oct. 28, 2021 ~4 min

Engineers devise a way to selectively turn on RNA therapies in human cells

A new RNA-based control switch could be used to trigger production of therapeutic proteins to treat cancer or other diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 28, 2021 ~7 min

Rare crab in amber offers evolution clues

Javier Luque’s first thought while looking at the 100-million-year-old piece of amber wasn’t whether the crustacean trapped inside could help fill a crucial gap in crab evolution. He just kind of wondered how the heck it got stuck in the now-fossilized tree resin? “In a way, it’s like finding a fish in amber,” said Luque, […]

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Oct. 22, 2021 ~7 min

How diet affects tumors

A new study finds cutting off cells’ supplies of lipids can slow the growth of tumors in mice.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 20, 2021 ~8 min

New cancer treatment may reawaken the immune system

By combining chemotherapy, tumor injury, and immunotherapy, researchers show that the immune system can be re-engaged to destroy tumors in mice.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 19, 2021 ~6 min

Biodiversity: world leaders are negotiating new targets to protect nature by 2030 – the story so far

The 15th UN biodiversity conference recently wrapped up the online portion of negotiations.

Tom Oliver, Professor of Applied Ecology, University of Reading • conversation
Oct. 18, 2021 ~8 min

Cellular environments shape molecular architecture

Researchers glean a more complete picture of a complex structure called the nuclear pore complex by studying it directly inside cells.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
Oct. 13, 2021 ~6 min