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New insights on genes and diseases

A person who is genetically at increased risk for developing the eating disorder anorexia appears to also have a slightly increased genetic risk for schizophrenia, but a slightly decreased genetic risk for obesity, according to a new genetic…

Science by a power of two

September 22, 2015 — When Robert Farese and Tobias Walther were negotiating to join Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health last year as professors of genetics and complex diseases, they proposed a twist to their appointments—a joint…

Off The Cuff: It's the data first, hypotheses second

[Fall 2015] Xihong Lin Chair, Department of Biostatistics Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Biostatistics Q: What can biostatisticians do today that they couldn’t 10 years ago? A: Today, there are three terms to describe the massive amount of…

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…

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…

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…

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…