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July 12, 2012

A group of doctors claims Harvard University has violated the Endangered Species Act by killing and harming cotton-top tamarin monkeys atits primate research center.

July 12, 2012

An international team led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists has described in detail a new kind of fat, called “beige fat,” that burns calories, rather than stores them. They have also shown that this energy-burning fat exists in adult humans, and are searching for ways to turn on such fat cells to combat obesity and diabetes. Bruce Spiegelman, the Stanley J. Korsmeyer Professor of Cell Biology and Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, led the research. C. Ronald Kahn, the Mary K. Iacocca Professor of Medicine at Joslin Diabetes Center, is also quoted.

July 12, 2012

Medical students on rotation face a "dramatic variation in grading practices" at medical schools across the country, according to a new study. Erik Alexander, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is the lead author of the study.

July 11, 2012

North and South America were first populated by three waves of migrants from Siberia rather than just a single migration, say researchers who have studied the whole genomes of Native Americans in South America and Canada. David Reich, HMS professor of genetics, led the study.

July 11, 2012

The largest private-sector effort to tame medical spending in Massachusetts appears to be getting results, as doctors who agreed to work on a budget have cut costs by using less-expensive imaging and lab companies and expanding office hours to reduce emergency room use. Michael Chernew, HMS professor of health care policy, is the senior author of the study.

July 11, 2012

The lifesaving medicine called surfactant saves babies struggling to breathe and was discovered in 1959 by Mary Ellen Avery, Thomas Morgan Rotch Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus, at HMS and former physician-in-chief at Boston Children’s Hospital, who passed away last December.

July 11, 2012

A gene that causes the rare,early-onset form of Alzheimer's disease can also carry a mutation that produces the opposite effect, staving off the devastating illness, scientists announced yesterday. Rudolph Tanzi, the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Child Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

July 10, 2012

George Xu and Stephanie Yaung, both second-year PhD students, have developed a device resembling a pregnancy test that, within minutes, could not only tell doctors whether a newborn has PKU, a rare condition in which a baby is born without the ability to properly break down an amino acid called phenylalanine.


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