Researchers restore neural connections in zebra fish

Precise control over neuron growth paves the way for repairing injuries, including those to the spinal cord, and improving brain models.

Jessica Lau • harvard
June 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology engineering basic-research paola-arlotta spinal-cord-injury axon developmental-cell growth-cone leonard-zon-lab neuron-growth

New technology could provide rapid detection of COVID-19

The CRISPR-based molecular diagnostics chip’s capacity ranges from detecting a single type of virus in more than 1,000 samples at a time to searching a small number of samples for more than 160 different viruses, including the COVID-19 virus.

Karen Zusi • harvard
April 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology engineering covid-19 basic-research broad-institute carmen combinatorial-arrayed-reactions-for-multiplexed-evaluation-of-nucleic-acids crispr-based

Researchers demonstrate the missing link for a quantum internet

Harvard and MIT researchers have found a way to correct for signal loss with a prototype quantum node that can catch, store, and entangle bits of quantum information. The research is the missing link toward a practical quantum internet.

Leah Burrows • harvard
April 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology engineering mikhail-lukin seas harvard-quantum-initiative quantum-internet

Clinicians may one day give up syringes in favor of pills

New formulations enable oral delivery of therapeutics traditionally delivered intravenously.

Caroline Perry • harvard
April 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  engineering  basic-research  health-medicine  office-of-technology-development  i20-therapeutics

Remote work will stress-test the internet — and parts will fail

The massive shift from the office to remote work will test the internet in ways it hasn’t been tested before, a Harvard expert on the technology industry said, offering a real-time experiment that will likely see failures, but from which unexpected solutions will also emerge.

Alvin Powell • harvard
March 18, 2020 ~13 min

Tags:  science-technology  engineering  covid-19  coronavirus  internet  alvin-powell  engineering-technology  jim-waldo  online-learning  remote-work  stress-test  work-from-home

In creating a coronavirus vaccine, researchers prepare for future

In response to this public health crisis, researchers in the Precision Vaccines Program at Boston Children’s Hospital are on the front lines of developing a vaccine specially targeted toward older populations

Alice McCarthy • harvard
March 13, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  engineering  covid-19  coronavirus  immune-system  basic-research  harvard-medical-school  health-medicine  elderly  vaccine  adjuvants  precision-vaccines-program

NIH-funded i3 Center formed to advance cancer immunotherapy

Harvard’s Wyss Institute will collaborate with other institutions to form the i3 Center where cancer immunologists and biological engineers will develop new biomaterials-based approaches to enable anti-cancer immune-therapies for therapy-resistant cancers.

Benjamin Boettner • harvard
March 6, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  science-technology  engineering  basic-research  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences-dana-farber-cancer-institute  harvards-department-of-stem-cell-and-regenerative-biology  i3-center  immune-therapies  immuno-engineering-to-improve-immunotherapy-i3-center  therapy-resistant-cancers  wyss-institute-of-biologically-inspired-engineering-at-harvard-university

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 • harvard
Feb. 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  engineering  basic-research  broad-institute-of-mit-and-harvard  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 • harvard
Feb. 5, 2020 ~12 min

Tags:  science-technology  engineering  bioengineering  basic-research  broad-institute-of-mit-and-harvard  cancer-genome-map  cancer-causing-genetic-mutations  icgctcga-pan-cancer-analysis-of-whole-genomes-project  pan-cancer-project  whole-cancer-genomes

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 • harvard
Jan. 28, 2020 ~4 min

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

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