A Conversation with Dr. David Riglar By Ryan L. Cross Inflammatory bowel disease affects over one million Americans and directly costs patients over six billion dollars a year. Current treatments manage the disease with variable success, and diagnosis requires invasive and sometimes inaccurate procedures like colonoscopies. But David Riglar, a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard […]Read more "Engineering Probiotics to Sense and Treat Gut Disease"
“We may not be able to agree on what to do but we can agree that what we’ve got now is the worst possible option.” Dr. Robert Kinscherff’s words hung heavy in the air of an overstuffed room at Harvard Law School on Monday, September 28, 2015 for a panel on the “The Promises and […]Read more "The Troubled Teen: Adolescent Neuroscience in the Courtroom"
It’s fall! And you know what that means…pumpkin spice latte season! (Or just PSL for everyone on social media.) Pumpkin spice is all the rave. And it seems to be getting better (or worse) each year (depending on your point of view). I’ll spare you from the gluttonous lists of pumpkin spice flavored products and just […]Read more "The Real Pumpkin Spice Latte: Cancer-in-a-Cup?"
“Sugar!” “Yes please!” Maroon 5’s sugar anthem rang loud and clear in the Harvard Science Center on Monday night for the third event in this semester’s Harvard Science and Cooking lecture series. This week’s topic: “The Science of Sugar.” When speaker Joanne Chang from Flour Bakery mentioned her book “Cooking with Less Sugar,” many audience members may have expected the […]Read more "The Science of (Baking with) Sugar"
Promising New Stroke Therapy Comes from Inhibition of miR-155: Imagine a treatment preventing further cell death in the brain following a stroke. Then throw in some anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects as an added bonus. Sound too good to be true? Dr. Tamara Roitbak from the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico Health […]Read more "Live Better after Stroke, and Fight Cancer Too"
In a manner somewhat reminiscent of Jurassic Park, scientists have cloned the full genomes of two woolly mammoths. The actual resemblance to Jurassic Park is scant to none however, because the DNA was obtained from actual preserved mammoth tissue as opposed to extraction from amber, and the researchers had a different goal in mind than […]Read more "Woolly Mammoth Genomes Provide New Clues to Their Extinction"
Sometimes science gets a bad rap for changing its mind. First Pluto is a planet, and then it’s not. Scientists and policy makers started by talking about “global warming,” but have since come to prefer the term “climate change.” And now the beloved long-necked dinosaur of our childhoods, Brontosaurus, has been redeemed and acknowledged as […]Read more "Bringing Brontosaurus Back"