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Articles: Research

A sample of slime mold grows clockwise in a petri dish

A sample of Physarum polycephalum sends out slimy, finger-like tendrils to sense information about its petri dish environment.

Image courtesy of Nirosha Murugan, Levin lab, Tufts University, and Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Research

A seemingly primitive creature’s complex ability to detect mass from a distance.

10.6.21

Penny Pritzker

Corporation member Penny Pritzker underwrites new economics building

© Moshe Zusman Photography Studio

Landmark support for an eminently strong department

9.21.21

Jim Stock, new vice provost for climate and sustainability

James Stock, newly appointed vice provost for climate and sustainability

Photograph by Stu Rosner

A summary of current work—and an important new appointment

9.9.21

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(1 of 2) In mice, a lab-evolved vector for delivering a gene therapy (MyoAAV, indicated by the presence of green fluorescent protein) selectively targets muscle (depicted whole, top, and in cross-section, above right) dramatically better than commonly used, naturally-occurring viral vectors (above left and center). 

Image courtesy of the Pardis Sabeti Lab and Cell/DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2021.08.028

A uniquely interdisciplinary lab has developed a new technique to deliver targeted gene therapies.

9.9.21

Dan Barouch

Dan Barouch

Photograph courtesy of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dan Barouch awarded $24.5 million for HIV research, Marc Lipsitch named to national center for public health forecasting

8.20.21

Photograph of Ekpar Asat and Rayhan Asat.

Rayhan Asat with her brother Ekpar

Photograph courtesy of Rayhan Asat

Rayhan Asat is speaking out against the imprisonment of her brother Ekpar, drawing attention to the plight of Uighurs in China.

8.12.21

Photo of Jane Pickering

Jane Pickering

Photograph by Stephanie Mitchell/HPAC

Disputes over the disposition of sensitive collections shadow Peabody Museum

September-October 2021

Composite illustration of African American poets Phillis Wheatley, Melvin B. Tolson, Dudley Randall, Gwendolyn Brooks, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Laurence Dunbar

Left to right: Phillis Wheatley, Melvin B. Tolson, Dudley Randall, Gwendolyn Brooks, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Laurence Dunbar. In the background: On Virtue, written in 1766 by Phillis Wheatley

Photomontage illustration by Niko Yaitanes

Kevin Young’s anthology of African American poetry, from Phillis Wheatley to hip hop

September-October 2021

COVID-19 patients on a hospital ward

Photograph by David Grossman Alamy Stock Photo

Lessons learned from the continuing confrontation with the coronavirus

September-October 2021