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In building the brain, cell pedigree matters

Research in mice shows that a protein made by the stem cells that give rise to neurons, but not by neurons themselves, is key to brain cells’ ability to migrate during development and assume their proper positions. This primordial protein acts...
7-Jun-2018 11:35 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Preventable Deaths from Lack of High-Quality Medical Care Cost the World More Than $6 Trillion in 2015 Alone

Eight million largely preventable deaths from treatable diseases cost $6 trillion in lost economic welfare in low- and middle-income countries in 2015. If current conditions persist, low- and middle-income countries could lose collectively $11...
31-May-2018 11:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Harvard Medical School, Meharry Medical College Team Up for Education

Meharry Medical college first among historically black schools to offer online Harvard Medical School courses to students
24-May-2018 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Cancer Cells Co-Opt Pain-Sensing ‘Wasabi Receptor’ to Survive Oxidative Stress

Some cancers express unusually high levels of a neural calcium channel known as the ‘wasabi receptor,’ which plays a role in detecting pain, cold and other sensations. New research finds cancer cells co-opt this neural channel to increase their...
23-May-2018 10:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Four Harvard Medical School Scientists Named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators

Four Harvard Medical School scientists are among the 19 individuals named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators on May 23.
22-May-2018 5:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Scientists Analyze First Ancient Human DNA From Southeast Asia

Harvard Medical School researchers lead the first whole-genome analysis of ancient human DNA from Southeast Asia Study identifies at least three major waves of human migration into the region over the last 50,000 years, each shaping the genetics of...
16-May-2018 10:35 AM EDT Add to Favorites


The Right Moves

New research in mice reveals how specialized neurons allow the brain to construct sequences of movements. Damage to these neurons disrupts the ability to correctly string together movements into desired actions. The findings may inform the study...
15-May-2018 4:15 PM EDT Add to Favorites


The Written History of a Neuron

From burning your palm on a hot pan handle to memorizing the name of a new acquaintance, “anytime you experience something, your neurons are active,” says Kelsey Tyssowski, a graduate student in genetics at Harvard Medical School. Different...
14-May-2018 3:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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