The story behind the mumps outbreaks of 2016-17

Studying the mumps virus genomes in 2016 and 2017 filled in gaps about how the disease was spreading in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the U.S.

Karen Zusi | Feb. 11, 2020 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research broad-institute-of-mit-and-harvard engineering pardis-sabeti plos-biology viral-genomics

Big step toward identifying all cancer-causing genetic mutations

An international team of 1,300 scientists has generated the most complete cancer genome map to date, bringing researchers closer to identifying all major cancer-causing genetic mutations.

Stephanie McPherson | Feb. 5, 2020 | harvard
~12 mins   

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Preventing sudden cardiac death through gene sequencing

Researchers have determined that genetic testing could identify those at risk for cardiac death prior to any symptoms.

Harvard Gazette | Nov. 16, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research broad-institute-of-mit-and-harvard cardiac-death gene-sequencing

Researchers can program a CRISPR enzyme to kill viruses in human cells

Researchers have turned a CRISPR enzyme into an antiviral that can be programmed to detect and destroy RNA-based viruses in human cells.

Karen Zusi | Oct. 10, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology broad-institute-of-mit-and-harvard carver cas13-enzyme cas13-assisted-restriction-of-viral-expression-and-readout crispr ebola flu rna rna-based-viruses sherlock virus zika

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