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[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum event examined the practicalities and decision-making driving the humanitarian response to the unfolding Syrian conflict.

A genomics strategy for managing ecosystems

For immediate release: Thursday, July 17, 2014 Boston, MA—A cross-disciplinary team is calling for public discussion about a potential new way to solve longstanding global ecological problems by using an emerging technology called “gene drives.” The advance could potentially lead to powerful…

New molecule links asthma, cancer

A newly discovered molecule may play a role in controlling both asthma-induced airway muscle thickening and tumor growth—and manipulating it may lead to new asthma and cancer drugs, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health…

First comprehensive atlas of human gene activity released

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Boston, MA — A large international consortium of researchers has produced the first comprehensive, detailed map of the way genes work across the major cells and tissues of the human body. The findings describe the…

Study finds coffee craving may be in the genes

A new study co-authored by HSPH researchers has identified a genetic propensity for caffeine consumption. The researchers discovered two genes that drive people to consume more or less caffeine depending on which variation of the genes they possess. HSPH authors of the…

Genetic profiling

David Hunter, Vincent L. Gregory Professor in Cancer Prevention and the Director of the Program in Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology, discusses the downsides of the growing popularity of personal genetic profiling.  (January 2008, 5:41) Please click the player icon above to play this…

Genes and prostate cancer in men

Lorelei Mucci, associate professor of epidemiology, was a co-author of a Nature study that identified genes that may help determine which men are likely to have aggressive forms of prostate cancer. February 18, 2011 (4:11) Please click the player icon above to play this…

The DNA of public health

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] When at first nothing may seem more removed from the broad, humanistic canvas of public health than research on genetics, studies of the molecular mechanisms of disease occupy a central place at Harvard School of Public Health. By…