News in 2012


Tracking the Hidden Dynamics of Life

Ethan Garner, a new assistant professor i

Damaged Cells Feel the Beat

Strike a piano key, and you produce a note. Hit it four times, and you’re playing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

How Do Bacteria Handle Mixed Signals? With Surprising Simplicity

Mixed signals can be confusing, as the Beatles’ refrain has it. But when the signals come from antibiotic drug combinations, cells react in surprisingly simple way.

Mapping Microbes in People

New studies involving Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers have helped to identify and analyze the vast human “microbiome,” the more than 5 million microbial genes in the body.

Rethinking mitosis

The mitotic spindle, an apparatus that segregates chromosomes during cell division, may be more complex than the standard textbook picture suggests.

Turing was right

Today, Alan Turing is best known as the father of modern computer science, but in 1952 he sketched out a biological model in which two chemicals — an activator and an inhibitor — could interact to form the basis for everything from the color patterns of a butterfly’s wings to the black and white stripes of a zebra.

The Power of a Good Mentor

Professors Amanda Claybaugh in English, Angela DePace in Systems Biology, Carol Oja in Music, and Arthur Spirling in Government are the recipients of the 2012 Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Awards.

Magnetic Yeast: Researchers succeed in magnetizing yeast cells

Pam Silver and postdoctoral researcher Keiji Nishida

Sabeti named Young Global Leader

Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology