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New program aims to build genetics research capacity in Africa

February 24, 2017—A new collaboration between researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and six African universities and institutes aims to boost genetics…

Can’t smell asparagus pee? Is Pokémon GO good exercise?

Two studies from Harvard T.H. Chan School researchers take a look at quirky topics in The BMJ’s annual Christmas edition For immediate release: December 13, 2016 Boston, MA – A large proportion of individuals of European-American descent cannot smell “asparagus…

Genetics and disease risk

In this week’s episode: The link between our genes and disease risk. A new study is shedding light on how genetic mutations may increase our risk of a range of diseases—from cancer to heart conditions.

A genome every 12 minutes

Conference on whole genome sequencing addresses advances in technology, ‘fake diseases,’ ancient DNA, and broad opportunities for human disease research November 22, 2016 -- In 2006, in the early days of whole genome sequencing, the sequencing platform at the…

Mosquito maven

Infectious disease researcher Flaminia Catteruccia is searching for novel ways to control mosquitoes that rely less on brute force and more on a deep knowledge of the organism’s biology September 23, 2016 – Mosquitoes have threatened human health…

Racial disparities in genetic testing

In this week’s episode: Why racial disparities could affect one common genetic test, plus new sugar recommendations for kids and teens, and the link between job satisfaction and health.

The imprecision in ‘precision medicine’

The rapidly evolving field of “precision medicine”—when medical care is tailored to the characteristics of each patient—is likely in the future to generate a “potentially bewildering array of probabilities” for physicians and patients, making it more challenging for…

Defending the ‘wonder drugs’

Antibiotics were once lauded for their impressive abilities to fight infection. Now, in an era of rampant antibiotic resistance, Harvard Chan researcher Yonatan Grad is pioneering new ways to track and control the spread of infectious disease —…