The Joy of Old Clothes

In 2014, Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton released “Women in Clothes,” a book that considers, as they put it, “the questions we ask ourselves while getting dressed.” They interviewed more than 600 women about their wardrobes and tastes, but the project began with a survey. One question asked simply: “What is dressing about,…

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Researchers identify proteins that prevent COVID-19 transmission through the placenta

BOSTON – Researchers from Boston Medical Center’s Maxwell Finland Laboratory for Infectious Diseases have identified properties in placenta tissue that may play an important role in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 from a mother with the virus to her fetus. The study results demonstrate that the COVID-19 virus universally invades the placenta in cases with…

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Investigational ALS drug generates promising clinical trial results

BOSTON – An experimental medication slows the progression of the neurodegenerative disease called Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to recently released results from a clinical trial run by investigators at the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Amylyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the company that…

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Experimental vaccine that boosts antigen production shows promise against COVID-19

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A bioengineering technique to boost production of specific proteins could be the basis of an effective vaccine against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, new research suggests. Scientists manipulated a natural cellular process to ramp up levels of two proteins used by the virus to infect other cells, packaged the protein-boosting instructions…

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