Studies have suggested that the Zika virus enters neural progenitor cells by grabbing onto a specific protein called AXL on the cell surface. Now, scientists at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Novartis have shown that this is not the only route of infection. The scientists demonstrated that Zika infected neural progenitor cells even when the cells did not produce the AXL protein.
With big data becoming routine and applications penetrating even areas not traditionally thought of as data-heavy, Harvard is part of a multi-university collaboration designed to better store and provide faster access to the enormous data sets increasingly common in research into genomics, particle physics, and a host of other fields.
Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers have used a colorful cell-labeling technique to track the development of the blood system and trace the lineage of an adult blood cell traveling through the vast networks of veins, arteries, and capillaries back to its parent stem cell in the marrow.
In a Harvard talk, ex-EPA official Robert Perciasepe outlined some narrow openings for bipartisanship on environmental issues.
Harvard researchers have developed a hydrogel that can be easily injected into blood vessels, helping to stop uncontrolled bleeding even in patients on blood-thinners or with bleeding disorders.
Scientists and ethicists gathered at Harvard Law School to discuss the ethics of human embryo experimentation and whether a two-week developmental time limit on their use is appropriate any longer.
Harvard experts gather to discuss climate change in all its complexity, and share some surprising views.
Despite decades of research aimed at understanding suicide, scientists are no better at predicting self-harm than they were a half-century ago.
New research highlights the skill and poise of doctors who tended to stranded crewmen in the famed Shackleton saga.
Scientists have shown that to interrupt the development of pigment cells that form their stripes, African striped mice and chipmunks both use a gene that until now had been associated primarily with cranio-facial development.
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A new Harvard report addresses legal and ethical factors affecting the health of players in the National Football League, and makes recommendations to improve it.
Startup Magenta Therapeutics licenses technologies from Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Boston Children’s Hospital that could help transform treatment.
Harvard environmental experts looking ahead to a Trump administration see trouble for President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and U.S. international climate action, but add that the nation’s environmental protection regulatory framework would be difficult to dismantle, and there may be hope for new approaches to addressing environmental ills.
Harvard researchers found 90 percent of new or proposed hydroelectric power plants will increase the concentration of toxic methylmercury in the food web near indigenous communities in Canada.
A new study examines whether lifestyle changes can offset genetic risk of heart disease.
Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have developed an instrument that smokes cigarettes like a human, and delivers whole smoke to the air space of microfluidic human airway chips. The machine may enable new insights into how nonsmokers and COPD patients respond to smoke.
The Gazette interviewed Robin Bronen, a human rights attorney and a senior research scientist at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, on climate change displacement.
University of Arizona physicist Dimitrios Psaltis has devoted his Radcliffe fellowship to black hole imaging linked to the Event Horizon Telescope project.
Melting Arctic ice is opening the Northwest Passage, just a symptom of the accelerating warming in the Arctic and around the globe, speakers at a Radcliffe symposium on the oceans said.
During Tanner Lectures, Professor Dorothy E. Roberts of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, will explain how society leaned on flawed judgments about race.
Panelists at the Kennedy School discussed the possibility of hackers targeting the U.S. vote.
Harvard scholars Joshua Greene and Steven Pinker were joined by Princeton philosopher Peter Singer in a conversation examining how to be moral — and happy.
Harvard graduate student Molly Edwards is the creator and host of “Science IRL (In Real Life),” a YouTube channel she launched more than a year ago while working as a lab technician at New York University. The show is dedicated to taking viewers inside labs for an up-close-and-personal view of the day-to-day work of scientists.
Restoring the cancer-killing zeal of T cells is being seen as one of the most successful new approaches to cancer treatment in nearly a decade, although researchers note it has shown effectiveness in only about a quarter of cases.
A new approach to manufacturing organs-on-chips developed by Harvard researchers could cut the length and cost of clinical trials significantly.
A Harvard Chan School study suggests that relaxing current U.S. guidelines could provide greater health benefits with less harm and for less money in women who are vaccinated against human papillomavirus.
Leaders from the scientific and business world gathered at Harvard Business School on Oct. 6 to examine regenerative medicine’s scientific and commercial promise.
A Harvard research summer at CERN in Switzerland can lead to hard work, sightseeing, and, for some, a lifetime in physics.
According to Harvard sociologist Robert Sampson’s theory of “ecology of toxic inequality,” higher lead levels in the blood are often directly tied to racial and ethnic segregation.
Stem cell science is accelerating development of therapies for diabetes, ALS, other diseases, researchers tell HUBweek sessions.
A reinvigorated “campus as a living laboratory” initiative includes two new, fully funded projects for that will tackle real-world challenges on campus or in the community, and lead to the practical application of emerging technologies or strategies regarding climate change.
Michael McElroy, Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies, talks about his new book, “Energy and Climate: Vision for the Future.”
The Internet of Things is growing ever more sophisticated, enabling everything from smart cities to automatic appliances. A Harvard ethicist says we should think not just about what we can do, but what we should do.
The future of visual and augmented reality was the theme of a HUBweek event that attracted students, scientists, educators, entrepreneurs, and software developers for an afternoon of demonstrations and discussions.
Aldís Elfarsdóttir ’18 didn’t like the energy-wasting implications of cracking the window to lower the temperature in her Eliot House room. So she and two recent grads have launched a temperature data-gathering project to help the House conserve wasted energy.
Your brain is able to stitch together a coherent 360-degree panorama of the world around you, and now researchers are beginning to understand how.
By studying women ages 45 to 55, investigators at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found that reproductive stage, not simply chronological age, may contribute to changes in memory and brain function.
Programs to combat obesity may be aggravating eating disorders and undermining their severity, said experts during a panel discussion hosted by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Using a machine-learning algorithm, researchers were able to “train” a computer to recognize the neural patterns associated with various scents, and identify whether specific odors were present in a mix of smells.
Harvard Engineering Professor Woodward Yang discusses Apple’s decision to get rid of the headphone jack.
A new species of truffle fungus, related to the delicacy prized in Southern Europe, was found at the Arboretum by an undergrad researcher.
New findings on seagrass reinforce the need to direct research where biodiversity is most at risk, says Harvard Herbaria fellow Barnabas Daru.
A new drug compound developed by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute to treat acute myeloid leukemia is gentle enough to use with patients too frail to endure chemotherapy.
Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is a slowly progressing type of blood cancer that develops in the bone marrow. Researchers discovered that CML stem cells die in response to inhibition of a protein called Ezh2. Drugs that target the protein are currently being tested in clinical trials for other cancers.
A group of researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has found a way for schools, professors, textbook publishers, and educational researchers to check the quality of their test questions that turns out to be both fast and cheap. It invokes the power of crowdsourcing.
A gene therapy trial points to a healthier future for a young patient suffering from a rare immune disease.
Researchers examined a group of older adults with extraordinary memory performance and found that certain key areas of their brains resembled those of young people.
“Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030” is the first product of the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100).
At 7:05 p.m. (EDT) today, NASA plans to launch a spacecraft to a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu. Among that spacecraft’s five instruments is a student experiment that will use X-rays to help determine Bennu’s surface composition.
Scientists at Harvard Medical School and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have built a giant petri dish to visually demonstrate how bacteria move as they become immune to drugs.