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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



The centerpiece of the new "Marine Life" exhibition — a floor-to-ceiling re-creation of life in New England’s coastal waters — will immerse visitors in the astounding diversity and dynamic interplay among animals in marine communities just off local shores. Above, Assistant Director of Exhibitions Sylvie Laborde dusts a hanging sea turtle specimen prior to opening.

Deep dive

Building on research and collections, HMNH opens permanent marine life gallery