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A network of curli fibers (produced by genetically altered E. coli bacteria) can bind to intestinal surfaces, where it acts like a Band-Aid, and can even deliver probiotic therapies.

A network of curli fibers (produced by genetically altered E. coli bacteria) can bind to intestinal surfaces, where it acts like a Band-Aid, and can even deliver probiotic therapies.
Image courtesy of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Research

Neel Joshi harnesses bacteria to build products sustainably.

12.11.19

Curtis McMullen's prints hang in the Science Center lobby

Curtis McMullen's prints hang in the Science Center lobby. 
Photograph by Drew Pendergrass

A Harvard mathematician’s “interwoven tapestries” help make the infinite visible.

1.21.20

Native Americans cultivating a field

Written accounts of Native Americans cultivating the land in New England overstate the importance of agriculture in the pre-contact period, according to a new study. Here, an engraving by Theodor De Bry, after a drawing by Jacques Le Moyne, depicts Timucua Indians at Fort Caroline, a French settlement established in what is now Florida, hoeing and sowing seeds, including beans and maize. The image may be the only contemporaneous visual depiction by Europeans showing the importance of agriculture to Native Americans in the New World.

Courtesy of the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection, permanently housed in the Morris Ansbacher Map Room, Jacksonville (Florida) Public Library.

Before Europeans arrived in New England, local ecology was driven by climate shifts, not by human interventions.

1.20.20

Red dots represent the Radcliffe Wave, superimposed here on an artist's rendering of the Milky Way as it appears in a screen shot taken from WorldWide Telescope.

The clouds that make up the Radcliffe Wave (highlighted in red) pass within just 500 light years of our sun (yellow). Wave data has been superimposed on an artist’s rendering of the Milky Way galaxy as it appears in a screen shot taken from WorldWide Telescope.

Image courtesy of Alyssa Goodman, Harvard University

The massive “Radcliffe Wave” traces a new map of the sky.

1.7.20

A network of curli fibers (produced by genetically altered E. coli bacteria) can bind to intestinal surfaces, where it acts like a Band-Aid, and can even deliver probiotic therapies.

A network of curli fibers (produced by genetically altered E. coli bacteria) can bind to intestinal surfaces, where it acts like a Band-Aid, and can even deliver probiotic therapies.
Image courtesy of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Neel Joshi harnesses bacteria to build products sustainably.

12.11.19

Super-resolution microscopy developed in the lab of Peng Yin allows researchers using conventional microscopes to see the inner workings of cells at the single molecule level. Above, microtubules (green) and mitochondria (purple) dominate the intracellular landscape.

Super-resolution microscopy developed in the lab of Peng Yin allows researchers using conventional microscopes to see the inner workings of cells at the single molecule level. Above, microtubules (green) and mitochondria (purple) dominate the intracellular landscape.
Image courtesy of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Peng Yin uses the physical properties of DNA to illuminate life’s smallest parts.

12.11.19

A double-helix image, in red, framing a man in military camouflage, crouched, seated, holding his head, and

Illustration by Taylor Callery

A potential “paradigm shift” in developing new diagnostic tests in mental health

January-February 2020

Photo of James Collins in his lab

James Collins
Photograph by by Jim Harrison

For synthetic biologists, there appears to be no limit to what they can build.

January-February 2020

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Illustration courtesy of the Harvard Gazette

A new center aims to bring cutting-edge medicines “from laboratory to approved therapy.” 

11.25.19