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Bacteria May Help Protect Cancer Cells

Developing cancer drugs is challenging. Often, scientists will find a drug that kills cancer cells in a petri dish but fails to act on an actual tumor. Ravid Straussman from the Weizmann Institute of Science and Todd Golub from Harvard Medical School think that in situ, bacteria can protect cancer cells from drugs. To test their theory, Staussman and Golub mixed some healthy skin cells with cells from a … Continue reading Bacteria May Help Protect Cancer Cells

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Harvard and MIT are making tattoos to monitor your health

Tattoos are often whimsical, traditional, beautiful—but can they also be medical? The Dermal Abyss project, a collaboration of researchers at Harvard and MIT, is trying to develop a tattoo that can monitor an individual’s health. They have already created “bio-ink” capable of fluorescing at different colors in response to certain variables in the body. In theory, a diabetic inked with one of these tattoos would … Continue reading Harvard and MIT are making tattoos to monitor your health

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Password guessing using artificial intelligence

The recent Equifax hack is one of the largest exposures of highly sensitive information in US history. The breached information includes social security numbers, home street addresses, credit card numbers and other personal details. Breaches of this magnitude bring to light how personal data is managed along with how unauthorized access to information can occur. User generated passwords are the most common method employed to … Continue reading Password guessing using artificial intelligence

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From Microwaves to Microbreweries: The Science Behind Our Food

Time: 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, October 18th Location: Armenise Amphitheater at Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston (link to directions) Speakers: Renee Geck and Chiara Ricci-Tam What, exactly, is cooking? We heat food up with a stove or microwave, but don’t often think about what is happening on a molecular level. Come learn how different methods of cooking work, consider the art of creating recipes from a scientific … Continue reading From Microwaves to Microbreweries: The Science Behind Our Food

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The Genetic Engineering Toolbox: A whirlwind tour of GMO technology

Time: 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, October 11th Location: Armenise Amphitheater at Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston (link to directions) Speakers: Ali Rudolph and Maximilien Baas-Thomas Every living thing interprets its DNA using the same genetic code, so if you want to build life, create new abilities, and ensure we do it all safely, we’ll need to learn everything there is about the language of life. GMOs … Continue reading The Genetic Engineering Toolbox: A whirlwind tour of GMO technology

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Can We Erase Painful Memories with Electroconvulsive Therapy?

by Mona Han figures by Abigail Burrus What comes to mind when you hear the term electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)? A cruel torture method for disobedient psychiatric patients portrayed in films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? Or a last-resort for treatment-resistant depression with less discomfort and fewer side-effects? New developments in using ECT to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder might soon give us a new way … Continue reading Can We Erase Painful Memories with Electroconvulsive Therapy?