Single-shot COVID-19 vaccine proves successful with primates

A single-shot COVID-19 vaccine is being developed by scientists led by a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center immunologist.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
July 30, 2020 ~5 min

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Vaccines may arrive in record time, but the virus has been faster

Vaccines that might protect against COVID-19 have entered phase 3 trials — the last step before regular approval in humans — in record time, but the virus has moved faster, experts say.

Alvin Powell • harvard
July 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: harvard-medical-school health-medicine alvin-powell george-daley vaccine dan-barouch moderna bisola-ojikutu lindsey-baden massachusetts-consortium-for-pathogen-readiness masscpr nicole-frahm

How to understand COVID-19-related loss of smell

New study finds olfactory support cells, not neurons, are vulnerable to novel coronavirus infection.

Kevin Jiang • harvard
July 24, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic health-medicine smell-loss



Student-developed device predicts avocado ripeness

With the goal of reducing food waste, a student-developed device predicts when an avocado will be ripe

Adam Zewe • harvard
July 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences seas food-waste avocados john-schmidt jonas-lapier joseph-sanchez juliet-nwagwu-ume-ezeoke mark-meneses savormetrics

Treatment significantly reduces symptoms of psoriasis in mice

Researchers have created a treatment that when applied directly to the skin in a mouse model of psoriasis, significantly reduces levels of inflammation and symptoms of psoriasis without systemic side effects.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
July 22, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: science-technology john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering steroids psoriasis ionic-liquid

Cracking the case of the missing molecules

When scientists moved from manipulating atoms to messing with molecules, molecules started to disappear from view. Professor Kang-Kuen Ni has figured out why.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
July 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-technology physics chemistry quantum-computing nature graduate-school-of-arts-and-sciences caitlin-mcdermott-murphy quantum-mechanics lasers kang-kuen-ni molecules chemical-reaction potassium-rubidium quantum-control ultracold yu-liu

Harvard technology to be commercialized by Vesigen Therapeutics

The startup company Vesigen will develop and commercialize the drug-delivery technology created in the lab of Harvard Chan School Professor Quan Lu.

Caroline Perry • harvard
July 22, 2020 ~10 min

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Prostate cancer’s link to fetal development of the gland

Prostate cancer progresses to a more-dangerous metastatic state by resurrecting dormant molecular mechanisms that had guided the fetal development of the prostate gland but had been subsequently switched off.

Richard Saltus • harvard
July 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-technology prostate-cancer dana-farber-cancer-institute

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