Harvard undergrad Michael Chen works at the corner of med and tech

Undergraduate Michael Chen, who created an extraordinary program to help treat TB, also works with a student program to treat ordinary patients.

Jill Radsken | Aug. 9, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine andrew-beam applied-math biology biomedical-informatics-lab crimson-care-collaborative fas hms isaac-kohane jill-radsken maha-farhat medical-technology michael-chen sean-eddy tuberculosis


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

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

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

Harvard history professor traces the rise of psychiatric drugs

The Gazette spoke with History of Science Professor Anne Harrington about her new book, “Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness,” which traces the treatment of mental disorders from its early years to the Prozac Nation of today.

Jed Gottlieb | June 17, 2019 | harvard
~10 mins   

Tags: health-medicine mind-fixers anne-harrington biology fas history-of-science jed-gottlieb mental-health mental-illness psychiatry

Harvard researcher records neural activity ‘live’

For decades scientists have been searching for a way to watch a live broadcast of neurons firing in real time. Now, a Harvard researcher has done it with mice.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | May 24, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology adam-cohen caitlin-mcdermott-murphy ccb chemical-and-chemical-biology fas neurons physics yoav-adam

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