Harvard study: Artificial neural networks could be used to provide insight into biological systems

Martin Haesemeyer set out to build an artificial neural network that worked differently than fish’s brains, but what he got was a system that almost perfectly mimicked the zebrafish — and that could be a powerful tool for understanding biology.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Aug. 27, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  deep-learning  biology  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  neuron  zebrafish  artificial-neural-network  biological-neural-network  haesemeyer  heat  heat-gradient  learning-algorithm  martin-haesemeyer  neural-network  whole-brain-imaging

Harvard undergrad Michael Chen works at the corner of med and tech

Undergraduate Michael Chen, who created an extraordinary program to help treat TB, also works with a student program to treat ordinary patients.

Jill Radsken • harvard
Aug. 9, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  biology  fas  jill-radsken  health-medicine  hms  isaac-kohane  michael-chen  tuberculosis  andrew-beam  applied-math  biomedical-informatics-lab  crimson-care-collaborative  maha-farhat  medical-technology  sean-eddy

Harvard history professor traces the rise of psychiatric drugs

The Gazette spoke with History of Science Professor Anne Harrington about her new book, “Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness,” which traces the treatment of mental disorders from its early years to the Prozac Nation of today.

Jed Gottlieb • harvard
June 17, 2019 ~10 min

Tags:  mental-health  psychiatry  biology  fas  health-medicine  jed-gottlieb  mind-fixers  anne-harrington  history-of-science  mental-illness

Harvard study looks at how microbes produce cancer fighting compound

Emily Balskus and a team of researchers untangled how soil bacteria are able to manufacture streptozotocin, an antibiotic and anti-cancer compound.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Feb. 7, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  science-technology  chemistry  cancer  bacteria  biology  basic-research  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  balskus  chemotherapy  emily-balskus  enzyme  nature  nitrosamine  soil  soil-bacteria  streptozotocin

Author examines the strange relationship between good and evil

Richard Wrangham’s new book examines the strange relationship between good and evil.

Jill Radsken • harvard
Jan. 28, 2019 ~13 min

Tags:  science-technology  evolution  anthropology  human-evolution  biology  fas  jill-radsken  the-goodness-paradox  aggression  bonobos  chimpanzees  homo-sapiens  jane-goodall  kibale  richard-wrangham

Author examines the strange relationship between good and evil

Richard Wrangham’s new book examines the strange relationship between good and evil.

Jill Radsken • harvard
Jan. 28, 2019 ~13 min

Tags:  science-technology  evolution  anthropology  human-evolution  biology  fas  jill-radsken  the-goodness-paradox  aggression  bonobos  chimpanzees  homo-sapiens  jane-goodall  kibale  richard-wrangham

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