Synthetic lining offers better drug delivery to small intestine

Researchers have developed a synthetic lining that could deliver drugs in a sustained way to the small intestine, offering hope for those suffering from lactose intolerance, diabetes, and obesity.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Aug. 26, 2020 ~4 min

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Looking at children as the silent spreaders of SARS-CoV-2

A new study has found that children infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 were shown to have a significantly higher level of virus in their airways than hospitalized adults in ICUs for COVID-19 treatment.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Aug. 20, 2020 ~8 min

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Never-before-seen bacterium found at Arnold Arboretum

A new species of bacteria, one that makes its home on the relatively hot and dry surface of a solar panel, was discovered recently at the Arnold Arboretum, offering a lesson that nature’s reach extends even to the artificial.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Aug. 3, 2020 ~6 min

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Neurons that control hibernation-like behavior are discovered

Neuroscientists have discovered neurons that control hibernation-like behavior in mice, a finding that could translate into applications in humans, such as preventing brain injury during a stroke.

Kevin Jiang • harvard
June 11, 2020 ~10 min

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Researchers restore neural connections in zebra fish

Precise control over neuron growth paves the way for repairing injuries, including those to the spinal cord, and improving brain models.

Jessica Lau • harvard
June 8, 2020 ~7 min

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Synthetic microbial system developed to find objects’ origin

DNA-barcoded microbial spores can trace origin of objects, agricultural products.

Kevin Jiang • harvard
June 4, 2020 ~10 min

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A connection between ancestry and the molecular makeup of cancer

A new study takes the most comprehensive look to date at the connection between the ancestry and the molecular makeup of cancer.

Rob Levy • harvard
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

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New technology could provide rapid detection of COVID-19

The CRISPR-based molecular diagnostics chip’s capacity ranges from detecting a single type of virus in more than 1,000 samples at a time to searching a small number of samples for more than 160 different viruses, including the COVID-19 virus.

Karen Zusi • harvard
April 29, 2020 ~8 min

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Study identifies potential drug treatments for telomere diseases

Potential drug treatments are being developed for telomere diseases, in which cells age prematurely.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
April 22, 2020 ~6 min

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