New drug-detecting tool could help save lives

The landscape of the illegal drug trade changes constantly, particularly amid the current opioid crisis. Law-enforcement officers regularly find or confiscate pills, powders, and other substances and need to know their composition as quickly as possible to determine legal charges and sometimes to issue lifesaving warnings. Carfentanil is a case in point. This cousin to […]

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | Nov. 13, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: health-medicine basic-research caitlin-mcdermott-murphy cambridge carfentanil chemistry christoffer-abrahamsson dea drug-analysis drug-enforcement-administration engineering-technology fas fentanyl forensic-science george-whitesides law-enforcement opioid-epidemic

How a biofriendly fertilizer could offer a greener way to grow plants

Harvard scientists are teaming up with sustainability officers and landscaping experts to test a new fertilizer that won’t wash into water supplies.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | Sept. 24, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology bacteria caitlin-mcdermott-murphy-climate-change chemistry daniel-nocera dilek-dogutan fas harvard-landscaping-services landscaping office-for-sustainability paif paul-smith photosynthesis presidents-administrative-innovation-fund quentin-gilly sustainability undergraduate-research

A new paper examines how neuron-like implants could treat brain disorders

A new paper explores why neuron-like implants could offer a better way to treat brain disorders, control prosthetics, or even enhance cognitive abilities.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | Sept. 20, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology alzheimers-disease brain charles-lieber chemistry deep-brain-stimulation learning memory mind nanotechnology nature-biotechnology neurological-disease neuroscience neurosurgery parkinsons-disease psychiatric-disorders

How an elusive catalyst makes unusual reactions happen

Researchers at Harvard and Cornell have discovered exactly how a reactive copper-nitrene catalyst could transform a strong carbon-hydrogen bonds into a carbon-nitrogen bond, a valuable building block for chemical synthesis.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | Sept. 19, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology caitlin-mcdermott-murphy catalysis chemical-production chemistry energy fas industrial-chemistry industrial-waste pharmaceuticals science spectroscopy synthesis ted-betley

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 | July 19, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology biomechanics biotechnology cell-biology chemistry dna micromachines microscopy molecular-biology nanotechnology nature optics xiaowei-zhuang

Innovation gives soft robots new, complex movements

The first soft ring oscillator gets plushy robots to roll, undulate, sort, meter liquids, and swallow.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | July 8, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology chemistry george-whitesides mechanotherapy medical-technology pneumatics science soft-robotics

Harvard researchers present nanowire devices update

A new technique speeds creation of nanowire devices, boosting research into what’s happening inside cells.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | July 2, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology anqi-zhang artificial-intelligence brain charles-m-lieber chemistry medical-technology nanotechnology nature-nanotechnology

Harvard researchers find gut microbes can lessen effectiveness of medicines

Study published in Science shows that gut microbes can chew up medications, with serious side effects.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | June 19, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology caitlin-mcdermott-murphy chemistry chemistry-and-chemical-biology emily-balskus fas graduate-school-of-arts-and-sciences gut-bacteria microbiome parkinsons-disease science vayu-maini-rekdal

Harvard chemist teases out why drugs work (or don’t)

Assistant Professor Brian Liau of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department has answered the question of why some new drugs for acute myeloid leukemia don’t work by combining CRISPR gene editing with small-molecule inhibitor treatments in a technique he calls CRISPR-suppressor scanning.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | May 6, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology acute-myeloid-leukemia aml brian-liau chemistry chemistry-and-chemical-biology crispr leukemia nature-chemical-biology

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 | Feb. 7, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology bacteria balskus basic-research biology cancer chemistry chemotherapy emily-balskus enzyme faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas harvard nature nitrosamine peter-reuell reuell soil soil-bacteria streptozotocin

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