In soda tax fight, experts hear echoes of tobacco battles

Taxes on sugary drinks are potentially effective tools to fight the obesity epidemic and advocates are drawing lessons from the long battle against tobacco as they plot what they know will be a tough road ahead.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Feb. 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  biotechnology  diabetes  obesity  basic-research  health-medicine  alvin-powell  sugar-sweetened-beverages  petrie-flom-center-for-health-law-policy  harvard-law-school  and-bioethics-emily-broad-leib  carmel-shachar  harvard-medical-school-center-for-bioethics  soda  soda-tax  steven-gortmaker

Islet-on-a-chip technology streamlines diabetes research

Islet-on-a-chip technology allows clinicians to easily determine the therapeutic value of beta cells for any given patient.

Mary Bergman • harvard
Aug. 29, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  biotechnology  diabetes  type-2-diabetes  basic-research  otd  douglas-a-melton  organ-on-a-chip

Harvard researchers create DNA ‘propellers’

Understanding how DNA and proteins interact — or fail to — could help answer fundamental biological questions about human health and disease.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
July 19, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  dna  chemistry  biotechnology  optics  nanotechnology  nature  microscopy  biomechanics  cell-biology  micromachines  molecular-biology  xiaowei-zhuang

New ATAC-seq method from Harvard accelerates single-cell research

Harvard researchers have devised a time-saving method that makes it possible to speed up the process of profiling gene regulation in tens of thousands of individual human cells in a single day, a development that promises to boost genomics research.

Mary Todd Bergman • harvard
June 27, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  stem-cells  biotechnology  basic-research  data-science  single-cell-sequencing  epigenomics  genomics  jason-buenrostro  translational-research

Harvard bioethics conference focuses on physician-assisted death

Advocates and opponents of medical-aid-in-dying laws, also called physician-assisted death, gathered at Harvard Medical School for a two-day conference organized by the HMS Center for Bioethics.

Alvin Powell • harvard
April 16, 2019 ~8 min

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