New class of enzymes could lead to bespoke diets, therapeutics

Professor Emily Balskus and her team have identified an entirely new class of enzymes that degrade chemicals essential for neurological health, but also help digest foods like nuts, berries, and tea, releasing nutrients that may impact human health.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy
Feb. 18, 2020 | harvard

~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology bacteria basic-research berries bespoke-diets caitlin-mcdermott-murphy cancer chemistry chemistry-and-chemical-biology chocolate coffee diet dopamine emily-balskus enzymes gut l-dopa microbes microbiology microbiome nutrition nuts parkinsons-disease science vayu-maini-rekdal

How CRISPR technology is advancing

Fewer off-target edits and greater targeting scope bring gene editing technology closer to treating human diseases.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy
Feb. 14, 2020 | harvard

~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology base-editing base-editors biotechnology-nature broad-institute caitlin-mcdermott-murphy cas9 chemistry chemistry-and-chemical-biology crispr david-liu dna gene-editing genetic-disease genetic-engineering genome rna sickle-cell-anemia


How a grad student choreographs life in science and art

Ph.D. student Frederick Moss brings together the incongruous worlds of science and art.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy
Jan. 30, 2020 | harvard

~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology art caitlin-mcdermott-murphy chemistry dance fas frederick-moss graduate-school-of-arts-and-sciences learning music profile teaching

Study likens Earth’s evolution to creation of Frankenstein’s monster

The evolution of the first building blocks on Earth may have been messier than previously thought, likening it to the mishmash creation of Frankenstein’s monster.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy
Jan. 28, 2020 | harvard

~4 mins   

Tags: science-technology primordial-soup basic-research caitlin-mcdermott-murphy chemistry chemistry-and-chemical-biology dna engineering genetics jack-szostak origins-of-life prebiotic rna science seohyun-kim

Ultracold environment offers a first look at a chemical reaction

Harvard researchers have performed the coldest reaction in the known universe by capturing a chemical reaction in its most critical and elusive act.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy
Dec. 20, 2019 | harvard

~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology caitlin-mcdermott-murphy chemical-reaction chemistry kang-kuen-ni lasers ming-guang-hu molecules physics potassium-rubidium quantum-computing quantum-control quantum-mechanics science ultracold

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

~7 mins   

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


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

~6 mins   

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

~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology caitlin-mcdermott-murphy catalysis chemical-production chemistry energy fas industrial-chemistry industrial-waste pharmaceuticals science spectroscopy synthesis ted-betley

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