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August 18, 2014

Armed with powerful new genetic tools and a penchant for tinkering, synthetic biologists have built a new menagerie. Insofar as a common theme unites these diverse creations, it is the transformation of biology into an engineering discipline. Pamela Silver, Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology, and George Church, Winthrop Professor of Genetcs, are quoted.

August 15, 2014

Boston-area researchers, responding to ambassadors from Ebola-stricken nations who are frustrated with a slow international response, are looking for ways they can help West Africa as the region grapples with the deadly outbreak. Michael VanRooyen, professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

August 14, 2014

Wal-Mart's newest effort to make a play in the booming health clinic space comes after the big-box retailer has fallen far behind its rivals. And this time, Wal-Mart is shaking up its approach with a new model that's getting some attention in the health-care world. A study by Ateev Mehrotra, associate professor of health care policy, is cited.

August 14, 2014

After Angelina Jolie revealed that she carried a breast cancer gene mutation last year, the number of women seeking genetic screening for breast cancer has surged – what some oncologists have referred to as the “Angelina Jolie” effect. Huma Rana, instructor in medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is quoted. 

August 14, 2014

People who eat the least salt may be hurting their hearts, according to a study causing controversy because some of its findings clash with public-health efforts to lower sodium consumption. Elliott Antman, associate dean for clinical and translational research at HMS and professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

August 14, 2014

As attitudes toward marijuana soften, and science slowly teases out the drug’s possible benefits for concussions and other injuries, the NFL is reaching a critical point in navigating its tenuous relationship with what is recognized as the analgesic of choice for many of its players. Lester Grinspoon, associate professor of psychiatry, emeritus, is quoted.

August 13, 2014

Science of Us of New York Magazine talked to sleep researchers to figure out how to get through a day after you've had a sleepless night. Orfeu Buxton, lecturer on medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

August 13, 2014

An experimental drug given to two U.S. health workers infected with Ebola may help raise the profile of an immune strategy that's already shown promise against other diseases, including HIV. Research by Dan Barouch, professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is cited.

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