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
March 18, 2020 | harvard

~13 mins   

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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
March 13, 2020 | harvard

~8 mins   

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

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
March 6, 2020 | harvard

~9 mins   

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How regulation can minimize online risk

Radcliffe researcher explores how to create a framework for the Internet of Things that minimizes risk and maximizes safety.

Colleen Walsh
Feb. 25, 2020 | harvard

~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology artificial-intelligence engineering-technology fran-berman radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study rensselaer-polytechnic-institute

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   

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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   

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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   

Tags: science-technology basic-research bioengineering broad-institute-of-mit-and-harvard cancer-genome-map cancer-causing-genetic-mutations engineering 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
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

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