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A bench scientist with a passion for the environment

May 21, 2015 – On a Friday afternoon in May, Peter Wagner was about to give his dissertation defense. Quan Lu, associate professor of environmental genetics and pathophysiology—introducing Peter before a group of about 50 of his fellow students, faculty, friends, and…

Sudha Biddinger receives 2015 Armen H. Tashjian Jr. Award

May 21, 2015 — Sudha Biddinger, assistant professor of pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital, is the 2015 recipient of the Armen H. Tashjian Jr. Award for Excellence in Endocrine Research. She spoke on “FMO3 as a novel player in diabetes-associated cardiovascular disease” at…

Using genomics to shed light on malaria transmission

May 13, 2015 -- To fight malaria, it’s crucial to assess the effectiveness of interventions against the mosquito-borne disease. But when malaria transmission declines, traditional methods for estimating transmission—based on mosquito sampling—become difficult. Now, a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School…

A new twist in malaria drug resistance

March 3, 2015 -- Drug resistance is a major public health challenge for malaria treatment and eradication. In new research, Dyann Wirth and colleagues have found new ways that the parasite that causes malaria—Plasmodium falciparum—is able to develop resistance to the antimalarial…

‘DNA clock’ can help predict lifespan

Scientists have found a biological clock that can provide clues about how long a person might live. The researchers found that people whose biological age was greater than their true age were more likely to die sooner than those whose biological and…

Cystic fibrosis and arsenic poisoning linked to same damaged protein

A new Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health co-authored study provides further evidence linking both arsenic poisoning and the chronic respiratory disease cystic fibrosis (CF) to damage in the CFTR protein. An examination of arsenic-exposed patients in Bangladesh found that they…

Probing genes for disease risk

December 5, 2014 -- New research by Alkes Price, associate professor of statistical genetics at Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues focuses on new approaches to characterizing and identifying genetic factors in complex disease. What’s the basic finding of your new…

Getting a detailed picture of Ebola

The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT is now “the world’s most powerful factory for analyzing genes from people and viruses,” according to an article in the New York Times, published December 1, 2014. The article highlighted the work of Pardis Sabeti,…