Of Yeast, Ecology and Cancer

MIT Spectrum (Fall 2014)

Jeff Gore’s work with baker’s yeast helps ecologists respond to trends, like vanishing fisheries and missing tissues. Read More

New Strategies for Anesthesia

MIT Spectrum (Fall 2014)

Emery Brown says anesthesia drugs have been used in the US for more than 160 years but were largely misunderstood until now. Read More

The Biological Battle of the Bulge

Novartis (October 2014)

Novartis obesity expert John Hadcock began running to lose weight. Meanwhile, his team found a protein that may suppress appetite and help tackle the obesity crisis. Read More

Can We Unlock the Body’s Ability to Regenerate Lost Hearing?

Novartis (November 2014)

Novartis researchers advance an experimental agent that could potentially restore lost hearing by unlocking the body’s ability to regenerate the delicate hair cells of the inner ear. Read More

In Search of Smell’s Meaning

MIT McGovern Institute Brain Scan (Fall 2014)

Gloria Choi is building a team to study how the brain learns the meaning of smells. Read More

MEG Matters

MIT McGovern Institute Brain Scan (Summer 2014)

A new magnetoencephalography scanner at the McGovern Institute is revealing insights into visual perception, attention and the neural basis of autism. Read More

The Legacy of Pat McGovern

MIT McGovern Institute Brain Scan (Spring 2014)

Remembering the McGovern Institute’s co-founder, who died on March 19, 2014. Read More

From Genes to Brains: How Advances in Genomics are Changing Neuroscience

MIT McGovern Institute Brain Scan (Winter 2014)

Technological advances are allowing researchers to read and rewrite the genome with unprecedented efficiency. Read More

Ki Goosens: Chronic Stress and the Brain

MIT McGovern Institute Brain Scan (Fall 2013)

Ki Goosens has committed herself to finding ways to improve the lives of people with mental illness. Read More

Modern Thinking: The McGovern Neurotechnology Program at 7 Years

MIT McGovern Institute Brain Scan (Summer 2013)

The goal of the MINT program is to support the development of new technologies for neuroscience research, and over the past 7 years, we have launched a wide range of innovative projects, in areas from nanotechnology to computer science to genomics. Read More

Choosing a Path

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Spring/Summer 2014)

What patients should know about clinical trials. Read More

To Each Her Own

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Turning Point 2014)

Recent advances enable a personalized approach to breast cancer surgery. Read More

Gaining Ground

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Fall/Winter 2014)

Advances in supportive care for cancer patients. Read More

Hitching a Ride

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Fall/Winter 2013)

Will an emerging cancer therapy that links potent drugs to tumor-seekers take the place of standard chemotherapy? Read More

Man on a Mission

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Fall/Winter 2013)

Ken Anderson: Changing the natural history of multiple myeloma. Read More

Turning Cancer on its Head

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Fall/Winter 2012)

How neurosurgical and molecular biology advances — and one doctor’s dogged pursuit — have changed the way we think about brain stem tumors. Read More

Looking into the Matter

Harvard Medicine (Autumn 2012)

Diagnosing brain injuries poses challenges that researchers are rising to meet. Read More

Surface Tension

Harvard Medicine (Autumn 2012)

New techniques, technologies offer balm for the wounds of those burned. Read More

The Depths of Despair

Harvard Medicine (Summer 2012)

Medicine tackles melancholia with new tools and understanding. Read More

Anger Management

Harvard Medicine (Summer 2012)

Scientists probe the nature of wrath in the hope of devising cures. Read More

Life, Death and Everything in Between

Harvard Medical School (May 2013)

New ‘Lifespan Machine’ yields insights into the dynamics of aging. Read More

Mobilizing a revolution: how cellphones are changing public health

Harvard Public Health (Winter 2012)

The global health community is leveraging the explosion in mobile phone availability—and the data cellphones can share and produce—to change how public health and medical problems are identified, prevented, and treated. Read More

Reading Minds

Brain scan (Spring 2012)

Rebecca Saxe jokes in her talks that she uses “normal human brains” in her neuroimaging research. “Normal,” she explains, “meaning MIT undergraduates.” She gets a laugh every time. Read More

No Skies, No Limits

Harvard Medicine (Spring 2012)

Thousands of successful, life-changing products have been developed from research funded and driven by NASA. What’s next? Read More

Blues Cues

Harvard Medicine (Spring 2012)

Researchers cast a little light on the subject of sleep. Read More

Animal Magnetism

Harvard Medical School (February 2012)

Magnetic fields span the globe, but few organisms can sense them. In fact, how these few magnetically-aware organisms, such as butterflies and bees, gain their magnetism remains one of biology’s unsolved mysteries. Now, using the tools of synthetic biology, researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School have introduced magnetism to a non-magnetic organism: yeast. Read more.

Urban Lit: Do books change teens’ behavior?

Boston College Voice (Winter 2012)

A certified women’s health nurse practitioner wonders if Urban Lit — which frequently feature teen protagonists and plots packed with illicit activity, explicit sex, and violence — might influence young adolescents’ birth control decisions. Read more.

From Curiosity to Cure

Structural Biology Grid (December 2011)

A profile of SBGrid Principal Investigator Marc Kvansakul. Viral proteins as promising new targets for cancer therapies. Read more.


Structural Biology Grid (June 2011)

A profile of SBGrid Application Schrödinger. Schrödinger makes science fun for structural biologists. Read more.

Springsteen, Tolkein, Protein

Structural Biology Grid (June 2011)

A profile of SBGrid Developer Alwyn Jones. A Welshman’s journey into computer graphics. Read more.

Some Tumor Cells Prevent Cancer Spread

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (January 2012)

A paradoxical discovery finds that pericyte cells help prevent metastasis. Read more.

Mobilizing a Revolution

HSPH Public Health Review (Winter 2012)

A growing movement at HSPH and within the global health community is working to leverage the explosion in mobile phone availability—and the data cellphones can share and produce—to change how public health and medical problems are identified, prevented, and treated. Read more.

SB Grid Consortium

SB Grid Consortium (August 2011)

The SB Grid Consortium, a computing collaboration of 163 X-ray crystallography, NMR, and electron microscopy laboratories, has launched a new website featuring profiles of investigators, innovators and computing tools.

La Jolla Institute RNAi Center

La Jolla Institute RNAi Center (August 2011)

The La Jolla Institute has taken the lead in developing an RNAi Center, one of a small, select group of dedicated RNAi facilities worldwide.

Health Effects Institute Annual Report

Health Effects Institute (February 2011)

2010 Annual Report: Ensuring a Healthy Energy Future. Read more.

TET Makes Embryonic Stem Cells Tick

Immune Disease Institute (February 2011)

The TET family of enzymes, discovered just two years ago, plays a key role in the lineage decisions of stem cells. TET enzymes are important for the proper function of embryonic stem cells and may also be valuable players in the development of induced pluripotent stem cells. Read more.

Twists of Fate

Harvard Medicine (Autumn 2010)

The human genetics field has been delivering spectacular science. But can it personalize medicine? Read More

HIV Evades Detection By Using a Cell’s Built-In Cleanup-Crew

Immune Disease Institute (October 2010)

New research has uncovered how HIV evades the body’s innate immune system in the first few days after exposure. Like a petty thief, it lucks out. Read More

BIDMC OB/GYN Annual Report

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (November 2010)

Annual Report of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Read More

Living Breathing Human Lung-on-a-Chip

Wyss Institute (June 2010)

A potential drug testing alternative. Read More

Self-assembling Nanodevices Change Shape on Demand

Wyss Institute (June 2010)

Tensegrity, long the focus of artists and architects, has bioengineering applications. Read More

The Phantom Gourmet

Harvard Medicine (Spring 2010)

Taste comes unbidden to some people with mental disorders. Read More

Taste the Burn

Harvard Medicine (Spring 2010)

Traditional flavors in Thai food reveal an ancient yet highly sophisticated culinary alchemy. Read More

Scientists Discover How Ocean Bacterium Turn Carbon into Fuel

Harvard Medical School (March 2010)

Findings may help improve the efficiency of designer bacteria engineered to produce carbon-neutral fuels such as biodiesel and hydrogen. Read More

Let There Be Machines

MIT Engineering (February 2010)

A new kind of intelligent design movement may be upon us — one that has its origins at the intersections of biological engineering and the life sciences. Read More

Bridging the Valley of Death

Havard Focus (February 2010)

New direction in academic science aims to bridge the ‘Valley of Death.’ Read More

DNA Folding: A Neatnik’s Dream

Havard Focus (November 2009)

Untangling the mystery of how chromosomes pack themselves into a tiny cellular nucleus yet still remain accessible. Read More

MIT Creates Gecko-Inspired Bandage

MIT News (February 18, 2008)

MIT researchers have created a waterproof adhesive bandage inspired by gecko-lizards that may soon join sutures and staples as a basic operating room tool for patching up surgical wounds or internal injuries. Read More

Going Back to Lard for Old-Time Pies

The Boston Globe (July 19, 2006)

Lard makes better piecrusts and can be good for you, but only if you use the real thing. Read More

Warriors for Good

The Atlantic Monthly (October 2005)

An interview with Robert Kaplan about his book, Imperial Grunts. Read More

The World in Which We Live

The Atlantic Monthly (October 2005)

An interview with William Langewiesche about his series of Atlantic articles about A. Q. Khan, the father of the Pakistani atomic bomb. Read More

Defending Darwin

The Atlantic Monthly (August 2005)

Perspectives from Atlantic Monthly articles from 1860 to the present on the conflict between evolution theory and religious fundamentalism. Read More