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CRISPR Patent Ruling Favors Broad Institute
The US Patent and Trademark Office has once again decided that the institute has priority over the University of California and collaborators regarding intellectual property rights for CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in eukaryotes. But the fight over the technique isn’t over.
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CRISPR Patent Ruling Favors Broad Institute
CRISPR Patent Ruling Favors Broad Institute

The US Patent and Trademark Office has once again decided that the institute has priority over the University of California and collaborators regarding intellectual property rights for CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in eukaryotes. But the fight over the technique isn’t over.

The US Patent and Trademark Office has once again decided that the institute has priority over the University of California and collaborators regarding intellectual property rights for CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in eukaryotes. But the fight over the technique isn’t over.

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Students Protest Amidst Harvard Sexual Harassment Scandal
Catherine Offord | Feb 15, 2022
Hundreds of people turned up to show solidarity with three grad students suing the university over a professor’s alleged misconduct, while faculty who had previously spoken in the professor’s favor walk back their support.
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E.O. Wilson, Renowned Ant Researcher, Dies at 92
Chloe Tenn | Dec 27, 2021
The naturalist was recognized for his work on social behavior and pheromones in ants and as a champion of wildlife conservation.
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Harvard Chemist Found Guilty of Lying About Chinese Funding
Chloe Tenn | Dec 22, 2021
In a win for the US Department of Justice’s China Initiative, Charles Lieber was convicted of hiding his financial ties to China from federal agencies.
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CZI Pledges Billions More Dollars in Science Funding
Catherine Offord | Dec 9, 2021
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg are dedicating a further $3.4 billion to biomedical and human health research on top of $3 billion invested several years ago, the organization announced this week.
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Walter Gratzer, Biophysical Chemist and Science Writer, Dies at 89
Chloe Tenn | Nov 23, 2021
His career bridged impactful research in molecular biology and biochemistry with prolific science writing for academic and nonacademic audiences alike.
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Harvard Student Strike a Warning to University
Chloe Tenn | Oct 29, 2021
Graduate students planned a three-day-long strike to demand fair pay, union security, and improved protections against sexual harassment and discrimination. If an agreement isn’t met, the union says they may strike longer, potentially disrupting university research.
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Evolutionary Biologist Richard Lewontin Dies at 92
Annie Melchor | Jul 8, 2021
The Harvard University evolutionary biologist pioneered the use of protein gel electrophoresis to study molecular genetics.  
Italian Institute Revokes Appointment of Cancer Researcher
Catherine Offord | Jul 7, 2020
Pier Paolo Pandolfi left Harvard University last year following allegations of sexual harassment, and has since been accused of research misconduct.
Neurobiologist and Former Stanford President Donald Kennedy Dies
Amy Schleunes | Apr 23, 2020
Kennedy, who succumbed to COVID-19, served as commissioner of the FDA and editor-in-chief of Science, and is credited with helping to transform Stanford into a top research university.
Harvard, Yale Investigated for Undisclosed Foreign Funding
Catherine Offord | Feb 13, 2020
The US Department of Education is looking into allegations that the institutions failed to report hundreds of millions of dollars in gifts from other countries.
Prominent Harvard Chemist Arrested For Concealing Ties to China
Amy Schleunes | Jan 29, 2020
The Department of Justice also released the names of two Chinese researchers who allegedly acted against US interests.
More Scientists, Institutions with Links to Jeffrey Epstein
Catherine Offord | Aug 27, 2019
Researchers continued to meet and accept funding from the wealthy donor even after he was convicted of sex crimes in 2008.
Harvard Teaching and Research Assistants Vote to Unionize
Jim Daley | Apr 23, 2018
The decision affects about 5,000 graduate students at the university who are eligible to join the union.
Image of the Day: A Swell Idea
The Scientist Staff | Jul 19, 2017
To improve the resolution of biological samples at the cellular level, researchers inflate tissues with “swellable polymers” so that they’re easier to see under the microscope.    
Neurophysiologist, Ethnographer, and World Explorer Dies
Aggie Mika | Jul 18, 2017
S. Allen Counter pursued scientific questions within various cultures throughout the world.
Insect-Inspired Sensors Improve Tiny Robot’s Flight
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Jun 17, 2014
Microroboticists have designed simple sensors based on insect light organs called ocelli to stabilize a miniature flying robot.
Confirmed Data Faker
Beth Marie Mole | Sep 7, 2012
Federal investigators find ex-Harvard professor Marc Hauser guilty of misconduct, 2 years after his colleagues did.
Harvard Primate Director Resigns
Hannah Waters | Mar 5, 2012
The interim director of Harvard’s New England Primate Research Center stepped down amidst monkey deaths and animal welfare citations.
Harvard Professor Resigns
Jessica P. Johnson | Jul 20, 2011
Marc Hauser resigns after findings of scientific misconduct continue to restrict his teaching and research duties.