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To increase scientific understanding of biological systems, Harvard is launching an interdisciplinary research effort called the Quantitative Biology Initiative to be headed by Sharad Ramanathan (left) and Vinothan Manoharan, with support from University President Drew Faust and Dean Michael D. Smith.

Biology without borders

New Quantitative Biology Initiative will bring together physical and life scientists to answer major questions


Having kids exercise an hour each day before school has been shown to lower BMI and encourage academic engagement according to a study by postdoctoral student Rachel Whooten.

Giving kids a running start

MGH researchers measure impact of before-school exercise program on emotional, physical health