Harvard researchers create DNA ‘propellers’

Understanding how DNA and proteins interact — or fail to — could help answer fundamental biological questions about human health and disease.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | July 19, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology biomechanics biotechnology cell-biology chemistry dna micromachines microscopy molecular-biology nanotechnology nature optics xiaowei-zhuang

Theory that ridged skin helps dolphins debunked

New study debunks long-held theory that dolphins had ridged skin, which helped them swim faster.

Clea Simon | July 18, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology clea-simon dolphin-skin fas george-lauder marine-mammal oeb organismic-and-evolutionary-biology royal-society-biology-letters-journal

Genetic study takes research on sex differences to new heights

Differences in male and female gene expression, including those contributing to height differences, found throughout the body in humans and other mammals.

Greta Friar | Whitehead Institute | July 18, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: whitehead-institute school-of-science biology evolution genetics national-institutes-of-health-nih research animals

Unmasking mutant cancer cells

A new dosing regimen for an old cancer drug shows new promise as an immunotherapy.

Bendta Schroeder | Koch Institute | July 17, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: koch-institute school-of-engineering school-of-science biological-engineering research biology cancer medicine immunology

Cancer biologists identify new drug combo

Two drugs that block cell division synergize to kill tumor cells.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | July 10, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research biology biological-engineering koch-institute school-of-science school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih cancer medicine

Harvard’s Extavour debunks old hypotheses on insect eggs

Biology Professor Cassandra G. Extavour debunks old hypotheses about form and function on insect eggs using new big-data tool

Clea Simon | July 3, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: health-medicine bruno-as-de-medieros cassandra-extavour clea-simon ecology egg-shape evolution fas molecular-and-cellular-biology museum-of-comparative-zoology nature organismic-and-evolutionary-biology samuel-church seth-donoughe

New NASA program studies sea and sky to better understand ocean worlds in space

A new NASA-funded program will study water worlds and environments to understand the limits of life as part of the search for life on other planets.

Clea Simon | July 1, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology christopher-german clea-simon donna-blackman exploring-ocean-worlds fas network-for-ocean-worlds organismic-and-evolutionary-biology peter-girguis tori-hoebler volcanoes water woods-hole-oceanographic-institution

Harvard evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman turns his attention to walking

A running-studies pioneer takes a look at walking, with and without shoes, and gives calluses a thumbs-up.

Jed Gottlieb | June 26, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology calluses dan-lieberman daniel-lieberman fas human-evolutionary-biology jed-gottlieb nick-howolka walking

For Catherine Drennan, teaching and research are complementary passions

Professor of biology and chemistry is catalyzing new approaches in research and education to meet the climate challenge.

Leda Zimmerman | MIT Energy Initiative | June 26, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: biology chemistry school-of-science faculty climate-change education teaching academics research mit-energy-initiative emissions energy sustainability

Harvard researchers find gut microbes can lessen effectiveness of medicines

Study published in Science shows that gut microbes can chew up medications, with serious side effects.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | June 19, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: science-technology caitlin-mcdermott-murphy chemistry chemistry-and-chemical-biology emily-balskus fas graduate-school-of-arts-and-sciences gut-bacteria microbiome parkinsons-disease science vayu-maini-rekdal

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