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Digging for research gold in electronic medical records

September 25, 2014 — For scientists who study rare diseases, hospitals’ vast data banks hold tantalizing potential. Access to anonymized electronic medical records allows researchers to track the progress of a larger group of patients than would be…

Big data's big visionary

[ Fall 2014 ] As cholera swept through London in the mid-19th century, a physician named John Snow painstakingly drew a paper map indicating clusters of homes where the deadly waterborne infection had struck. In an iconic feat…

Outbreak of Ebola virus in Sierra Leone traced to funeral

Ebola spread to Sierra Leone via fourteen women who attended a funeral in Guinea and carried the virus back to Sierra Leone, researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, together with colleagues from West Africa, revealed in…

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…

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…

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.…

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing not ready for prime time

David Hunter, Vincent L. Gregory Professor in Cancer Prevention and Dean for Academic Affairs at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), recently added to the commentary about direct-to-consumer genetic testing company 23andMe, which has run afoul of the…