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July 4, 2013

Japanese scientists have cracked open a freaky new chapter in the sci-fi-meets-stem-cells era. A group in Yokohama reported it has grown a primitive liver in a petri dish using a person's skin cells. George Daley, HMS professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Boston Children’s Hospital, commented on the study.

July 3, 2013

Two HIV-positive patients in the United States who underwent bone marrow transplants for cancer have stopped anti-retroviral therapy and still show no detectable sign of the HIV virus, researchers said Wednesday. Timothy Henrich, HMS instructor in medicine and Daniel Kuritzkes, HMS professor of medicine, both of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, led the study.

July 3, 2013

People living in the Ganges Delta, where cholera is an ancient, endemic and often lethal disease, have adapted genetically to the scourge through variations in about 300 genes, say researchers who have scanned their genomes for the fingerprints of evolution. Regina C. LaRocque, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is an author of the study. John Mekalanos, chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology and the Adele Lehman Professor of Microbiology at HMS, is also quoted.

July 2, 2013

Bluntly challenged by a combative conference attendee to tell him a single thing that would make him find science interesting, Ting Wu talked about inventors. A professor of genetics at HMS, Wu explained that biologists have long been teasing out the complicated details of how biological systems work. But now they are applying that knowledge to create biological machines capable of all kinds of unforeseen functions. Brian Beliveau, one of Wu’s graduate students, is also quoted.

July 1, 2013

Brown fat cells convert chemical energy into heat in response to cool temperatures—a form of thermogenesis that is induced indirectly via the sensory nervous system and a well-known signaling pathway. But certain white and beige fat cells can sense temperature directly to activate the suite of genes involved in heat generation, according to a new study. Bruce Spiegelman, the Stanley J. Korsmeyer Professor of Cell Biology and Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, led the study.

July 1, 2013

An aspirin-like drug appears to lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, according to new research. Steven Shoelson, HMS professor of medicine at Joslin Diabetes Center, is the senior author of the study.

July 1, 2013

For more than a century, American parents have prodded their kids to drink three daily glasses of milk, but now the tide may be turning against this once seemingly essential beverage. A commentary published Monday questions the value of three servings of milk daily and whether the harm outweighs the benefits when people drink reduced-fat milk instead of whole milk. David Ludwig, HMS professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition at HSPH, co-authored the commentary.

July 1, 2013

The author wrote about giving patients access to their medical records. Research by Tom Delbanco, the Richard A. and Florence Koplow-James L. Tullis Professor of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; and Jan Walker, principal associate in medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is cited.



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