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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…

Where DNA meets daily life

[Fall 2010] The intersection of genes and the environment is the new target of public health research. Red hair is a genetically determined trait. And when redheads with Celtic roots move to sun-drenched countries near the equator, their risk of skin cancer…

Dean's message: From genes to the globe

[Fall 2010] Robust life sciences activity has always been a distinctive and pivotal component of the academic agenda at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). As a result, major scientific discoveries have consistently emerged from the School’s laboratory benches. There are…

A selection of genetic discoveries at HSPH

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] The late Armen Tashjian Jr., chair of the then-named Department of Molecular and Cellular Toxicology, made pioneering discoveries about how toxic environmental chemicals and therapeutic agents induce molecular changes; he also played a key role in the development…

Shrinking the effects of the obesity epidemic

[ Winter 2011] If we can’t stop Americans from getting heavier, can we at least develop drugs that prevent them from getting sick with obesity-related diseases? The research career of Gökhan Hotamisligil, chair of the Harvard School of Public Health Department of Genetics and…

Why do we age? Surprising revelations from a worm

[ Fall 2012 ] HSPH’s Will Mair hopes his work in worms will identify molecules that have an effect on aging-related diseases—and which could ultimately be tested as treatments for humans. “How old you are is immutable—you can’t change how old an…

How genes and environmental forces raise cancer risk

[ Fall 2008 ] Monica Ter-Minassian is scouring the genome for time bombs. Using gene-reading technology and analytic techniques, this Harvard School of Public Health doctoral student is on the hunt for subtle variations in human DNA that might help identify the causes of…