Harvard Medical School, (HMS) was founded in 1782. Today, HMS is a hub of medical research, patient care, physician and nurses training and education network. The faculty includes 10,884 professors/researchers and physicians, including 30 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators and 87 National Academy of Sciences members. HMS is highly selective in student selection. Annually over 5,000 applications are submitted for MD first year slots and less than 200 are accepted. The total student body includes dental students, PhD health programs and a variety of combination degrees.
Genetic studies link indigenous peoples in the Amazon and Australasia
Native Americans living in the Amazon bear an unexpected genetic connection to indigenous people in Australasia, suggesting a previously unknown wave of migration to the Americas thousands of years ago, a new study has found.
Predictive software can precisely identify most effective ways to target genes with gene editing mechanism CRISPR-Cas9
The remarkable ease and accuracy with which scientists can alter genomes using the CRISPR-Cas9 system has led to promising advances toward improving human health and the environment through genetic engineering. Cas9, a protein ...
Viral protein in their sights: Advanced imaging reveals key structure of Ebola and other RNA viruses
Viruses need us. In order to multiply, viruses have to invade a host cell and copy their genetic information. To do so, viruses encode their own replication machinery or components that subvert the host replication machinery ...
Beyond average: New platforms genetically barcode tens of thousands of cells at a time
Imagine someone hands you a smoothie and asks you to identify everything that went into it.
Facebook for the proteome
There are approximately 20,000 human genes that encode proteins, but despite remarkable progress since the human genome was first sequenced more than a decade ago, scientists still understand in detail how only a small fraction ...
How to kill a protein
For decades scientists have been looking closely at how our cells make proteins. But the inverse is equally important: how cells kill them.
How RNA machinery navigates our genomic obstacle course
Once upon a time, scientists thought RNA polymerase—the molecule that kicks off protein synthesis by transcribing DNA into RNA—worked like a wind-up toy: Set it down at a start site in our DNA and it would whir steadily ...
Bionic leaf: Researchers use bacteria to convert solar energy into liquid fuel
Harvesting sunlight is a trick plants mastered more than a billion years ago, using solar energy to feed themselves from the air and water around them in the process we know as photosynthesis.
Gut instinct: How intestinal stem cells find their niche
Mommy, where do intestinal stem cells come from? All right, it's not likely a kindergartner would ask such a question. But evolutionary biologists want to know.
Biological safety lock for genetically modified organisms
The creation of genetically modified and entirely synthetic organisms continues to generate excitement as well as worry.