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Uncovering a “smoking gun” of biological aging

For immediate release: February 14, 2019 Boston, MA – A newly discovered ribosomal DNA (rDNA) clock can be used to accurately determine an individual’s chronological and biological age, according to research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.…

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Malaria genetic surveillance project receives HGI grant

A Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health project to conduct genetic surveillance of malaria parasites in China is one of seven projects to receive grants this year from the Harvard Global Institute (HGI). Led by Dyann Wirth,…

Examining epigenetics’ influence on obesity, cancer

In recent decades, researchers have been examining the role of epigenetics—the study of modifications in DNA that do not alter the DNA sequence itself but can lead to lifelong changes in gene activity—in the development of dozens of…

Should your next checkup include a genetic test?

With the recent proliferation of genetic testing services, routine checkups could soon include having one’s genome screened. A recent opinion piece in the Annals of Internal Medicine argued in favor of the idea, noting that it’s possible that…