In a new paper published in Cell, Harvard researchers exploring the genetic features that help make the knee possible found that the regulatory switches involved in its development also play a role in a partially heritable disease.
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Scientists have recently discovered that different diets — say, high-fat versus low-fat, or plant-based versus animal-based — can rapidly and reproducibly alter the composition and activity of the gut microbiome, where differences in the composition and activity can affect everything from metabolism to immunity to behavior.
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Erin Hecht, who joined the faculty in January, has published her first paper on our canine comrades in the Journal of Neuroscience, finding that different breeds have different brain organizations owing to human cultivation of specific traits.
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A running-studies pioneer takes a look at walking, with and without shoes, and gives calluses a thumbs-up.
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Working with a team of international researchers, Harvard scientists gathered survey data in several locations around the globe and found that, following the trauma of seeing a friend or loved one killed or injured during conflict, many became more religious.
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