Every Harvard student who founds a start-up does not become the next billionaire under 30. Instead, they are faced with a new set of obstacles, such as finding funding and developing management skills. And upon leaving, these former students must also find housing and often form an entirely new social circle.
Professor David R. Liu ’94 and coworkers have reported a new synthetic method of directly building polymers by reading the genetic code off of DNA. According to Liu, this method could eventually lead to the discovery of useful new biological compounds.
Thanks to a new partnership between the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard and Sony Digital Audio Disc Corporation, scientists will soon be able to simulate human organs outside of the body using live cells—a technique that could revolutionize drug testing.
Panelists Sean Penn, former Haitian Prime Minister Michèle D. Pierre-Louis, and General P. K. Keen headed a discussion last night about post-earthquake recovery in Haiti at the Harvard Kennedy School JFK Forum.
Analyzing life expectancy data from over 101,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Harvard School of Public Health professor Till W. Bärnighausen and his coworkers have documented one of the largest increases in a region’s life expectancy in history. Their findings were reported in the scholarly journal “Science” and published online last Friday.
Bauer Fellow Peter J. Turnbaugh and coworkers published work last month that could pave the way for techniques in “personalized medicine”—treatment which caters to an individuals’ unique genetic makeup.
In a small discussion group that included Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds and consisted primarily of undergraduates, government and African American studies professor Jennifer L. Hochschild argued that racial attitudes change significantly decade to decade, but that these shifts often go unnoticed.