Educational programs promote and guide interactions that foster children’s literacy development

Harvard Graduate School of Education researchers Joe Blatt and Meredith Rowe conducted a study that developed learning apps to create foundations for literacy in young children.

Liz Mineo | Oct. 22, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology childrens-language-development graduate-school-of-education joe-blatt literacy meredith-rowe reach-every-reader

In ‘Why Trust Science?’ Naomi Oreskes explains why the process of proof is worth trusting

Harvard Professor Naomi Oreskes, author of "Why Trust Science?," discusses the five pillars necessary for science to be considered trustworthy, the evidentiary value of self-reporting, and her Red State Pledge.

Jill Radsken | Oct. 22, 2019 | harvard
~13 mins   

Tags: science-technology merchants-of-doubt climate-change fas history-of-science jill-radsken naomi-oreskes red-state-pledge why-trust-science

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
~7 mins   

Tags: health-medicine access-industries blavatnik-family-foundation cryo-electron-microscopy-center-for-structural-biology david-rubenstein gift harvard-medical-school len-blavatnik single-cell-sequencing the-carlyle-group

New CRISPR genome-editing system can target disease-causing genetic variations

Researchers have created a system called prime editing, a new CRISPR genome-editing approach that has the potential to correct up to 89 percent of known disease-causing genetic variations.

Karen Zusi | Oct. 21, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology

Lab-grown meat gains muscle as it moves from petri dish to dinner plate

Researchers are able to build muscle fibers, giving lab-grown meat the texture meat lovers seek.

Leah Burrows | Oct. 21, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences kit-parker lab-grown-meat muscle-tissues wyss-institute

Nervous system activity might influence human longevity, neural activity

The brain’s neural activity, long implicated in disorders ranging from dementia to epilepsy, also plays a role in human aging and life span, according to research led by scientists in the Blavatnik Institute.

Stephanie Dutchen | Oct. 16, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology blavatnik-institute-at-harvard-medical-school harvard-medical-school life-span neural-activity rest

Mindfulness meditation study shows changes in neural responses to pain and fear

A study using mindfulness meditation showed changes over time in neural responses to pain and fear. The researchers found that changes in the hippocampus after mindfulness training were associated with enhanced ability to recall a safety memory, and thus respond in a more adaptive way.

Harvard Gazette | Oct. 15, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

Tags: health-medicine fear fear-conditioning-task mindfulness-meditation sara-lazar

Stigma of opioids keeps users from seeking help, taints views of medical professionals

“Can you think of all the tax dollars it’s cost for you to go to detox?” the doctor asked Raina McMahan when she arrived at the clinic in Revere seeking help for her 15-year heroin addiction. “What is the matter with you?” McMahan, now six years into her recovery and a certified recovery coach at […]

Alvin Powell | Oct. 11, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell buprenorphine drug-treatment fxb-center-for-health-and-human-rights harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health heroin howard-koh khalil-gibran-muhammad larry-bacow mary-bassett medication-assisted-treatment methadone michelle-williams naloxone opioid-summit opioids raina-mcmahan richard-frank university-of-michigan

Creating a reliable clock to track changes in microbiome

The microbiome is a treasure trove of information about human health and disease, but getting it to reveal its secrets is challenging, especially when attempting to study it in living subjects. A new genetic “repressilator” lets scientists noninvasively study its dynamics, acting like a clock that tracks how bacterial growth changes over time with single-cell precision.

Lindsay Brownell | Oct. 11, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: science-technology bacterial-growth harvard-medical-school microbiome repressilator wyss-institute

Harvard to launch center for autism research with $20M gift

Created with $20 million gift, the Hock E. Tan and K. Lisa Yang Center for Autism Research at Harvard Medical School will aim to unravel the basic biology of autism and related disorders.

Ekaterian Pesheva | Oct. 10, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: health-medicine autism harvard-medical-school hock-e-tan k-lisa-yang the-hock-e-tan-and-k-lisa-yang-center-for-autism-research-at-harvard-medical-school

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