Harvard researchers look toward nature to beat cancer

Every year, more than 18 million people around the world are told, “You have cancer.” In the U.S., nearly half of all men and more than one-third of women will develop some kind of cancer during their lifetimes, and 600,000-plus die from it annually. Despite the billions of dollars and countless new treatments that have […]

Lindsay Brownell | March 1, 2019 | harvard
~24 mins   

Tags: health-medicine artificial-lymph-nodes cancer-research-uks-grand-challenge cancer-treatments cancer-vaccine chemotherapy david-mooney dna-origami donald-ingber inflammation mimicking-nature nanoparticle-backpacks organ-chips samir-mitragotri william-shih wyss-institute

How human food is changing wildlife

Wild animals are increasingly eating our food and scientists are discovering 'hidden effects'.

By Victoria Gill | Feb. 21, 2019 | bbcnews
~5 mins   

Tags: wildlife environment nature conservation biology

World's biggest bee found alive

A giant bee, thought lost to science decades ago, has been re-discovered on an Indonesian island.

By Helen Briggs | Feb. 21, 2019 | bbcnews
~2 mins   

Tags: nature bees indonesia insects conservation

Mystery disease killing beech trees

A mystery disease that is killing beech trees could cause widespread die-offs unless more is done to halt its spread, warn scientists.

By Mark Kinver | Feb. 19, 2019 | bbcnews
~2 mins   

Tags: environment nature trees

Harvard study looks at how microbes produce cancer fighting compound

Emily Balskus and a team of researchers untangled how soil bacteria are able to manufacture streptozotocin, an antibiotic and anti-cancer compound.

Peter Reuell | Feb. 7, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

Tags: science-technology bacteria balskus basic-research biology cancer chemistry chemotherapy emily-balskus enzyme faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas harvard nature nitrosamine peter-reuell reuell soil soil-bacteria streptozotocin

Benefits of being an early riser vs. a night owl

A new study finds that being genetically programmed to rise early may lead to greater well-being and a lower risk of schizophrenia and depression.

Louise Vennells | Jan. 29, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine 23andme body-clock circadian-rhythm-disorders depression early-risers genome massachusetts-general-hospital mental-disease mental-health nature-communications night-owls retina university-of-exeter

Antarctic krill: Key food source moves south

A warming climate shifts the distribution of the krill species eaten by whales and other predators.

By Jonathan Amos | Jan. 21, 2019 | bbcnews
~4 mins   

Tags: environment nature whales oceans antarctic climate-change

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

Madagascar pochard: World's rarest bird gets new home

A species of duck thought to have been wiped out a decade ago is re-released at a lake in Madagascar.

By Victoria Gill | Dec. 28, 2018 | bbcnews
~3 mins   

Tags: wildlife environment nature conservation madagascar

Composer performs with birds to make his own kind of music

Composer David Rothenberg ’84 will bring the sounds of outdoors inside for a demonstration and discussion that features his unique ability to perform with nature.

Deborah Blackwell | Nov. 15, 2018 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: arts-humanities what-nature-sounds-are-music arnold-arboretum david-rothenberg deborah-blackwell

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