Strong government response needed in COVID battle

The international forum “Global Perspectives on COVID-19,” co-sponsored by Harvard Medical School, cited the importance of strong, coordinated government response as a key to stopping the novel coronavirus’ spread.

Clea Simon • harvard
Oct. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 harvard-medical-school clea-simon health-medicine paul-farmer massachusetts-consortium-on-pathogen-readiness global-perspectives-on-covid-19 centre-for-the-aids-programme-of-research-in-south-africa fabio-ciceri george-q-daly guangzhou-medical-university mark-elliott megan-murray professor-of-respiratory-medicine salim-abdool-karim san-raffaele-scientific-institute zhong-nanshan

Analyzing toehold sequences for synthetic biology

Computational algorithms enable identification and optimization of RNA-based tools for myriad applications.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Oct. 7, 2020 ~16 min

Tags: science-technology dna synthetic-biology rna wyss-institute james-collins

New timeline on reptile evolution rebuts long-held theories

A new study by a team of Harvard-led researchers contradicts a widely held theory that major transitions in evolution always happened in big, quick (geologically speaking) bursts, triggered by major environmental shifts.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Oct. 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology

At-home COVID-19 test study launches in Boston

The TestBoston study will facilitate at-home testing on 10,000 people for both the SARS-CoV-2 virus and antibodies against it to increase access to testing and surveillance.

Haley Bridger • harvard
Oct. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 health-medicine brigham-and-womens-hospital broad-institute sars-cov-2 covid-tests testboston

Study offers clues to how climate affected 1918 pandemic

A new study of ice-core data shows that an unusual, six-year period of cold temperatures and heavy rainfall coincided with European deaths during the 1918 Spanish flu.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology history environments-sustainability alvin-powell michael-mccormick spanish-flu rainfall world-war-i alexander-more initiative-for-the-science-of-the-human-past long-island-university nottingham-university paul-mayewski university-of-maine

3D model seeks to explain mysterious hexagon storm on Saturn

Harvard researchers use a 3D model to figure out how a hexagon-shaped mega-storm on Saturn was formed.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Oct. 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology faculty-of-arts-and-sciences juan-siliezar saturn department-of-earth-and-planetary-sciences hexagon-storm jeremy-bloxham rakesh-k-yadav

Signaling mechanism allows chaotic cells to self-organize

Researchers have discovered a key control mechanism that cells use to self-organize in early embryonic development.

Kevin Jiang • harvard
Oct. 2, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: science-technology blavatnik-institute-at-harvard-medical-school research embryo embryonic-development morphogens tony-tsai zebrafish-embryos

Harvard climate change expert discusses extreme heat

With the threat of extreme heat rising, from California to Siberia, we ask climate scientist Peter Huybers what to expect in the future.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Sept. 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology climate-change faculty-of-arts-and-sciences harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences peter-huybers juan-siliezar extreme-heat department-of-earth-and-planetary-sciences

New tool offers insights into antibody response to COVID-19

“Viral history” tool VirScan offers new insights into antibody response to SARS-CoV-2.

Haley Bridger • harvard
Sept. 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-technology covid-19 coronavirus pandemic harvard-medical-school brigham-and-womens-hospital sars-cov-2

3D images of 19th-century glass marine invertebrates go online

Harvard has digitized 19th-century glass models of 15 marine invertebrates made by Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka. The 3D models are the result of between 250 to 700 images that had to be taken per glass piece.

Samantha Sarafin • harvard
Sept. 28, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: science-technology james-hanken museum-of-comparative-zoology david-brown drew-harvell jonathan-woodward mcz peter-fried

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