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

Harvard study explores genetics behind evolution of flightless birds

Based on an analysis of the genomes of more than a dozen flightless birds, including an extinct moa, a team led by Harvard researchers found that while different species show wide variety in the protein-coding portions of their genomes, they appear to turn to the same regulatory pathways when evolving flight loss.

Peter Reuell | May 6, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology animals basic-research birds data-science evolution genetics informatics tim-sackton

HMS researchers design algorithm that ID’s DNA defects, making more cancers treatable

A new algorithm designed by HMS scientists can be incorporated into standard genetic tests to successfully identify patients harboring a tumor-fueling DNA repair defect found in multiple cancers treatable with existing drugs.

Ekaterina Pesheva | April 15, 2019 | harvard
~10 mins   

Tags: health-medicine algorithm-ids-dna-defects blavatnik-institute brca-genes cancer-treatment-advance doga-gulhan genetic-panels harvard-medical-school hr-deficiency nature-genetics newly-designed-algorithm parp-inhibitors peter-park sigma

Harvard geneticist: No population’s DNA is ‘pure’

Geneticist David Reich discusses DNA findings that show how migration shaped Europe and southern Asia, and that “No population is, or ever could be, pure.”

Brett Milano | Feb. 28, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology ancient-humans brett-milano david-reich dna genetics harvard-medical-school hms migration

At Harvard, a discussion of twins in space

To understand the strain that space flight places on the body, NASA-affiliated researcher Brinda Rana has been examining the molecular changes in the twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly for five years.

Colleen Walsh | Feb. 6, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research brinda-rana genetics mark-kelly medicine nasa radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study scott-kelly space twins

At Harvard, a discussion of twins in space

To understand the strain that space flight places on the body, NASA-affiliated researcher Brinda Rana has been examining the molecular changes in the twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly for five years.

Colleen Walsh | Feb. 6, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research brinda-rana genetics mark-kelly medicine nasa radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study scott-kelly space twins

Researchers able to determine the effects of genes and environment in 560 common conditions

In the largest study of U.S. twins to date, researchers use insurance records to tease out the effects of genes and the environment in 560 diseases.

Ekaterina Pesheva | Jan. 14, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: health-medicine blavatnik-institute cardiovascular-illness environmental-impact genetic-code harvard-medical-school national-institutes-of-healths-all-of-us-program nature-genetics neuromuscular-diseases skeletal-conditions twins zip-code

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