New research on the immune system suggests that the molecule interferon plays an important role in activating antiviral genes across many tissues, helping against infection.
A new study has shown that — under certain conditions — gut microbes can consume enough of a key nutrient to cause a deficiency in their hosts.
Experts gathered at the Harvard Chan School to discuss recent developments in the fight against the country’s diabetes epidemic.
Harvard living lab course works to find practical alternatives to carbon use.
Scientists from Harvard and Woods Hole are collaborating on deep-sea technologies that could be a model for exploring oceans on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.
Harvard professors hosted a “virtual dinner” at the Harvard Ed Portal to explain the microbial processes involved in food production, preparation, and consumption.
A festival at the Harvard Museum of Natural History will feature these photos capturing an "invisible" world in all its glory.
A new study finds that physical activity has an even larger health benefit than thought in reducing the risk of death in women.
Manipulating mitochondrial networks inside cells may increase lifespan and promote health, according to a new study.
The Harvard Chan School welcomed Lawrence Appel of Johns Hopkins to discuss his work testing the DASH diet.
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A Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study symposium looked at epidemics and emerging ways to contain contagion, both biological and societal.
Harvard Museum of Natural History brings art and science together as two Harvard scientists capture the “invisible,” and stunningly beautiful, life force that is everywhere: microbes.
Harvard study reveals underlying genetic basis for halictid bee communication and social behavior.
New HBS research examines whether we are less inhibited when posting on temporary social media and how others perceive the posts.
Scientists at Harvard University and the Broad Institute have developed a new class of DNA base editor that can repair the type of mutations that account for half of human disease-associated point mutations. These single-letter mutations are associated with disorders ranging from genetic blindness to sickle-cell anemia to metabolic disorders to cystic fibrosis.
Antibiotic resistance has the potential to take millions of lives by 2050 if nothing is done to address the problem, Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institutes of Health’s Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at Harvard Business School.
Flour Bakery owner Joanne Chang ’91 explained for 500 listeners the uses of sugar in a “Science and Cooking” lecture.
Systems aren’t sexy, but they save lives, says Harvard Medical School Professor and author Atul Gawande during HUBweek events in Boston.
Researchers delivered lectures on recent findings to launch the Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean.
Marking the beginning of a new era in astrophysics, scientists for the first time have detected gravitational waves and electromagnetic radiation, or light, from the same event. Harvard researchers were pivotal in the work.
A Harvard-sponsored HUBweek panel discussed recent developments in cancer treatment, including advances in immuno-oncology.
A study by BIDMC has found that long-standing concerns on the effects of epidurals on the second stage of labor may be misguided and out of date.
Harvard scholars shared concerns and ideas in a HUBweek panel titled “Programing the Future of AI: Ethics, Governance, and Justice.”
Julie Guthman sets her sights on a tangled story involving land, plant breeding, border policy, pathogens, and highly effective, highly toxic soil fumigants.
Gov. Charlie Baker joined HMS faculty members in discussing the opioid crisis and the role physician education must play in fighting it.
Harvard psychology chair Mahzarin Banaji is working with a research fellow to launch a new project called “Outsmarting Human Minds.”
Harvard biologist Jonathan Losos talks about his new book, “Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution.”
Experts trace the fingerprints of climate change in the world’s mass migration crises, saying that the effects of shifting norma appear to play a role.
Harvard and MIT researchers have developed smart tattoo ink capable of monitoring health by changing color to tell an athlete if she is dehydrated or a diabetic if his blood sugar rises.
New research from faculty at Harvard Business School and Harvard Medical School finds that a majority of college freshmen believe others have more friends than they do, when they often don’t.
The new Fatigue Cost Calculator demonstrates the physical and financial tolls of sleep deficiency in the U.S.
As artificial intelligence takes hold in more fields, you’ll likely have a job, analysts say, but it may be a different one.
A Harvard team finds a rare fossil in Nova Scotia while retracing the footsteps of Alfred Romer, the paleontologist who identified a gap in the record from the period when animals first crawled out of the ocean and began to walk on four legs.
A new Harvard Forest report, “Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities,” calls for tripling conservation efforts across the region.
Harvard’s new Data Science Initiative hosted its inaugural event, the first in a series of planned seminars featuring talks by faculty members focusing on new methods of managing and analyzing data and on cutting-edge applications.
One of the biggest challenges facing school cafeterias is making healthier food taste better, a task that can be aided by collaborating with professional chefs, a Harvard nutrition expert said.
Five undergraduate women from Harvard College talk about how they spent the summer researching climate and ecological stresses.
Brian Greene ’84, a Columbia University theoretical physicist and mathematician, has made it his mission to illuminate the wonders of the universe for non-scientists.
Using high-speed cameras, Harvard researchers have shown that ant-mimicking jumping spiders don’t walk on six legs in an attempt to appear more ant-like, but instead walk with all eight and take tiny, 100-millisecond pauses to lift their front legs to make them resemble ant antennae.
A Harvard study suggests a process known as synergistic epistasis enables humans to survive with an unusually high mutation rate.
Martha’s Vineyard is best known as a summer playground for the rich, but it’s also setting an important conservation example, according to a new book by Harvard Forest Director David Foster.
Researchers have discovered that bacteria respond to antibiotics very differently — exactly opposite, in fact — inside the body than they do on a petri dish.
Online attackers may be able to purchase enough personal information to alter voter registration information in as many as 35 states and the District of Columbia, a new study says.
Seattle Times environmental reporter Lynda Mapes turned her fellowship year at Harvard Forest into a book titled “Witness Tree.”
Study finds guardian gene that protects against Type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases exerts its pancreas-shielding effects by altering the gut microbiota.
The extreme winter of 2013–2014 created conditions for a Harvard grad student to expand his work on green anole lizards into study of natural selection in action.
Harvard experts say that changing the language of addiction is key to fighting the stigma attached to it.
After discovering that the complexity inherent in birdsongs results from a controllable instability in the organ used to create them, researchers at the Harvard Paulson School have developed a mimicking device.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s clinical trial confirms its “inflammatory hypothesis” — reducing inflammation cuts the risk of future cardiovascular events.
An undergraduate deciphers the meaning of Incan knots, giving long-dead native South American people a chance to speak.