Spring 2015: Emerging Technologies

Check out our Spring 2015 issue on Emerging Technologies! Articles are posted individually as blog posts, and the issue is available in full on our Archives page. Print issues will be available on Harvard's campus in Fall 2015!

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A Watchful Eye over Wildlife: Drone Technology & Conservation

by Caitlin Andrews When we think of field biologists, most of us imagine scientists trekking through uncharted rainforests or across endless savannas, armed with only a notebook and a pair of binoculars. These intrepid heroes, such as Jane Goodall, have shown us how much there is to be learned when we leave behind the comforts … Continue reading A Watchful Eye over Wildlife: Drone Technology & Conservation

Genome Editing: Is CRISPR/Cas the Answer?

by Jackson Allen For roughly the last 60 years, the focus of molecular biology and genetics has been to better understand the microscopic machinery that regulates the genome of every organism. Such scientists as Matthew Meselson, Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, and Francis Crick helped pave the way for contemporary understanding of molecular genetics. These scientists … Continue reading Genome Editing: Is CRISPR/Cas the Answer?

Astromycology: The “Fungal” Frontier

by Tristan Wang Hollywood movies and horror novels have painted extraterrestrial life as green monsters, scouring the barren grounds of Mars and shooting any intruder with photon lasers. These disturbing imaginations, while far-fetched, do hold some truth about frightening outer space life forms, but not in the ways we imagine. During its orbit as the … Continue reading Astromycology: The “Fungal” Frontier

A Winning Combination Against Drug Resistance

  by Ryan Chow Earlier this year, President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative. Proclaiming that the initiative would “lay the foundation for a new generation of lifesaving discoveries,” the President proposed setting aside $215 million to expedite the clinical translation of personalized genetics research.1 The initiative specifically highlights the development of patient-specific cancer therapies … Continue reading A Winning Combination Against Drug Resistance

Mapping the Nervous System: Tracing Neural Circuits with Color Changing Proteins

by Christine Zhang Stepping out the front door of my dorm, I am frequently greeted by a sharp gust of wind that convinces me to turn back and grab a coat. The reaction is almost instantaneous. But in that split-second, the action of turning around requires 100 billion action potentials and the signal transmits over … Continue reading Mapping the Nervous System: Tracing Neural Circuits with Color Changing Proteins

Precision Medicine: Revamping the “One-Size-Fits-All” Approach to Healthcare

by Eleni Apostolatos “There's no gene for fate,” declares Vincent, the main character of the 1997 science fiction thriller, GATTACA, after he decides to disguise his imperfect DNA and assume the genetic identity of Jerome Morrow—a man whose flawless genetic makeup makes him apt for space travel. While Vincent’s argument that genes do not necessarily … Continue reading Precision Medicine: Revamping the “One-Size-Fits-All” Approach to Healthcare

A Watchful Eye over Wildlife: Drone Technology & Conservation

by Caitlin Andrews When we think of field biologists, most of us imagine scientists trekking through uncharted rainforests or across endless savannas, armed with only a notebook and a pair of binoculars. These intrepid heroes, such as Jane Goodall, have shown us how much there is to be learned when we leave behind the comforts … Continue reading A Watchful Eye over Wildlife: Drone Technology & Conservation

Genome Editing: Is CRISPR/Cas the Answer?

by Jackson Allen For roughly the last 60 years, the focus of molecular biology and genetics has been to better understand the microscopic machinery that regulates the genome of every organism. Such scientists as Matthew Meselson, Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, and Francis Crick helped pave the way for contemporary understanding of molecular genetics. These scientists … Continue reading Genome Editing: Is CRISPR/Cas the Answer?

Astromycology: The “Fungal” Frontier

by Tristan Wang Hollywood movies and horror novels have painted extraterrestrial life as green monsters, scouring the barren grounds of Mars and shooting any intruder with photon lasers. These disturbing imaginations, while far-fetched, do hold some truth about frightening outer space life forms, but not in the ways we imagine. During its orbit as the … Continue reading Astromycology: The “Fungal” Frontier

A Winning Combination Against Drug Resistance

  by Ryan Chow Earlier this year, President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative. Proclaiming that the initiative would “lay the foundation for a new generation of lifesaving discoveries,” the President proposed setting aside $215 million to expedite the clinical translation of personalized genetics research.1 The initiative specifically highlights the development of patient-specific cancer therapies … Continue reading A Winning Combination Against Drug Resistance

Mapping the Nervous System: Tracing Neural Circuits with Color Changing Proteins

by Christine Zhang Stepping out the front door of my dorm, I am frequently greeted by a sharp gust of wind that convinces me to turn back and grab a coat. The reaction is almost instantaneous. But in that split-second, the action of turning around requires 100 billion action potentials and the signal transmits over … Continue reading Mapping the Nervous System: Tracing Neural Circuits with Color Changing Proteins