Harvard University News

Engineers Reveal a ‘New Universe’ of Organic Molecules That Can Store Energy in Flow Batteries

July 20, 2016

0 Comments

A New Battery Inspired by Vitamins

Engineers from Harvard University have identified a whole new class of high-performing organic molecules, inspired by vitamin B2, that can safely store electricity from intermittent energy sources such as solar and wind power in large batteries. The development builds on previous work in which the team developed a high-capacity flow battery that stored energy in […]

Continue reading...

New Evidence That Diet and Gut Microbes Can Influence Brain Inflammation

May 16, 2016

1 Comment

Researchers Find Evidence That Diet and Gut Microbes Can Influence Brain Inflammation

A newly discovered link between deficits in gut flora and brain inflammation may lead researchers to learn more about its impact on multiple sclerosis. A team of investigators at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has found evidence that suggests that bacteria living in the gut may remotely influence the activity of cells in the […]

Continue reading...

Harvard Research Shows For Life Expectancy, Money Matters

April 14, 2016

1 Comment

Study Shows Money Matters For Life Expectancy

New research from Harvard University shows that being poor in the United States is hazardous to your health, revealing that the average life expectancy of the lowest-income classes in America is now equal to that in Sudan or Pakistan. A Harvard analysis of 1.4 billion Internal Revenue Service records on income and life expectancy that […]

Continue reading...

New Bioprinting Technique Shows Potential for Tissue Repair and Regenerative Medicine

March 9, 2016

0 Comments

Creating 3-D Tissue

New research details how scientists are moving closer to embedding vascular networks into thick human tissues, which could result in tissue repair and regeneration — and ultimately even replacement of whole organs. A team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard John A. Paulson School for Engineering and […]

Continue reading...

Astronomers Discover Binary Star System That Produces the Longest Lasting Known Eclipse

February 18, 2016

0 Comments

Binary Star System Produces the Longest Lasting Eclipses Known

Astronomers have discovered a binary star system where, every 69 years, the sun disappears in a near-total eclipse that lasts for three and a half years. The unnamed binary star system nearly 10,000 light years from Earth and is known only by its astronomical catalog number TYC 2505-672-1. It sets a new record for both […]

Continue reading...

Scientists Overcome Key CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing Hurdle

December 3, 2015

0 Comments

Researchers Develop a Highly Specific Genome-Editing Tool

Using structural knowledge of Cas9, scientists have overcome a key CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing hurdle and developed a highly specific genome-editing tool. Researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT have engineered changes to the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system that significantly cut down on “off-target” […]

Continue reading...

Astronomers Measure “Heartbeats” of a Distant Galaxy’s Stars

November 16, 2015

0 Comments

Discovery Measures "Heartbeats" of a Distant Galaxy's Stars

Astronomers at Yale and Harvard have measured the “heartbeats” of stars within elliptical galaxy M87 and used that data to determine the galaxy’s age in a new way. M87 is located 53 million light-years from Earth. It is the first time scientists have measured the effect that pulsating, older red stars have on the light […]

Continue reading...

Neurons Can Be Changed from One Type Into Another from Within the Brain

November 10, 2015

3 Comments

Researchers Reprogram Neurons

A newly published study from Harvard biologists shows how neurons can be dramatically changed from one type into another from within the brain and how neighboring neurons recognize the reprogrammed cells as different and adapt by changing how they communicate with them. Building on earlier work in which they disproved neurobiology dogma by “reprogramming” neurons […]

Continue reading...

Harvard Studies Show Improvements in U.S. Diet Lower Premature Deaths

November 4, 2015

0 Comments

New Studies Shed Light on Critical Dietary Issues Facing Americans

Two newly published studies from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shed light on critical dietary issues facing Americans. The first study showed that while recent improvements in the U.S. diet have helped reduce disease and premature death, the overall American diet is still poor. The second study, which analyzed interventions to reduce […]

Continue reading...

A Light-Reflecting Balloon Catheter Repairs the Heart without Surgery

October 14, 2015

0 Comments

New Technique Repairs Holes in the Heart Without Surgery

Using a catheter aided by UV light, researchers have developed a new technique to repair holes in the heart without surgery. Harvard-affiliated researchers have designed a specialized catheter for fixing holes in the heart by using a biodegradable adhesive and patch. The team reported in the journal Science Translational Medicine that the catheter has been […]

Continue reading...

Harvard Examines the Response to Light and Temperature Shifts in Northeastern Forests

September 21, 2015

0 Comments

Researchers Conduct Climate Change Test for Forests

Biologists from Harvard University are examining whether the earlier arrival of warm weather will clash with genetic programming of plants. Harvard scientists are taking a hard look at northeastern forests for evidence of a potential springtime scramble, one that could be triggered if age-old growth cues are disrupted by climate change. Researchers in the Department […]

Continue reading...

New System Converts MRI Scans into 3D-Printed Heart Models for Surgical Planning

September 17, 2015

0 Comments

New System Can Convert MRI Scans into 3D-Printed Models

Engineers and computer scientists at MIT and Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a new system that can convert MRI scans of a patient’s heart into 3D-printed models. The models could provide a more intuitive way for surgeons to assess and prepare for the anatomical idiosyncrasies of individual patients. “Our collaborators are convinced that this will […]

Continue reading...

New Porous Hydrogel Could Improve the Success of Stem Cell Tissue Regeneration

September 15, 2015

0 Comments

A New Porous Hydrogel Could Boost the Success of Stem-Cell Tissue Regeneration

Using a new porous hydrogel, scientists have experimentally improved bone repair by boosting the survival rate of transplanted stem cells and influencing their cell differentiation. Possible stem cell therapies often are limited by low survival of transplanted stem cells and the lack of precise control over their differentiation into the cell types needed to repair […]

Continue reading...

New Model Captures Shape and Speed of Tumor Growth for the First Time

August 31, 2015

0 Comments

Model Captures Shape and Speed of Tumor Growth for the First Time

Scientists at Harvard have developed the first model of solid tumor growth that reflects both shape and growth. They’re among the most powerful tools for demonstrating how cancer grows and spreads, but mathematical models of the disease have always faced an either/or problem. Models for capturing the spatial — or 3D — aspects of tumors […]

Continue reading...

Harvard Researchers Explain the Reason for Genetic Obesity

August 25, 2015

0 Comments

Researchers Explain the Reason for Genetic Obesity

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and MIT reeval a genetic circuit that controls whether our bodies burn or store fat. Like many other conditions, obesity is caused by an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. While efforts to combat the obesity epidemic will need to include changes in diet and exercise, insights into the genes […]

Continue reading...

Researchers Discover Pathway That Controls Metabolism

August 20, 2015

0 Comments

Researchers Discover a Switch That Controls Metabolism

By analyzing the cellular circuitry underlying the strongest genetic association with obesity, a team of researchers from MIT and Harvard Medical School have unveiled a new pathway that controls human metabolism by prompting our adipocytes, or fat cells, to store fat or burn it away. Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges of […]

Continue reading...

Biologists Recreate the Evolutionary Lineage of Adeno-Associated Viruses

August 19, 2015

0 Comments

Researchers Recreate the Evolutionary Lineage of Adeno-Associated Viruses

A team of researchers from Harvard Medical School has recreated the evolutionary lineage of adeno-associated viruses, allowing them to better understand the intricate structure of viruses and how different properties arose throughout evolution. Harvard Medical School researchers have recreated the evolutionary lineage of adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) to reconstruct an ancient viral particle that is highly […]

Continue reading...

International Research Collaboration Reveals Mutations in DCHS1 Cause Mitral Valve Prolapse

August 19, 2015

0 Comments

Researchers Reveal Gene for Mitral Valve Prolapse

Researchers reveal that mutations of the DCHS1 gene cause a common form of mitral valve prolapse. An international research collaboration led by Harvard Medical School investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital has identified the first gene whose mutations cause the common form of mitral valve prolapse, a heart valve disorder that affects almost 2.5 percent of […]

Continue reading...