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“It was really a shocking realization that this was happening,” said Mary Brinton, Radcliffe Hrdy Fellow and chair of Harvard’s sociology department. For the past several years, Brinton and a team of collaborators have explored declining fertility rates in postindustrial societies, in work partly funded by the National Science Foundation.

Falling fertility rates

Study finds that national cultural norms and economic conditions are helping create a ‘demographic time bomb’



 Shiladitya Sengupta, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, has led an effort to devise a way to keep platinum atoms,  useful in a drug to combat tumors, from hurting healthy tissues.

Improving a cancer drug

Nanotechnology creates delivery system in animals that allows researchers to target tumors while sparing kidneys