A Celebration of Science at MGH
For 200 years, MGH has been expanding the field of biomedical research. This special issue celebrates the latest discoveries, insights and leaps of faith.
Seeing is understanding as researchers study and compare ever more detailed images, some taken at the verge of consciousness, to solve mysteries of the mind and seek cures for its worst disorders.
Though a vaccine for
AIDS may soon be within reach, cholera, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and other pathogens remain scourges—and the focus of intensive research.
Linking genes to diseases and devising therapies to treat them has preoccupied medicine for years. Now, crunching ever more data, science may finally realize the potential of that approach.
The best surgery, radiation and drugs often can’t stop the growth of malignant cells or prevent fatal metastases. But new therapies, targeting molecular abnormalities, are showing remarkable results.
The Engineered Body
When the human machine breaks down, fixes may be ingeniously mechanical, using invented materials to create wear-free joints, and microelectrodes to translate thought into action.
After many decades of pro-
ment organs remain scarce and rejection all too likely. But gentler immuno-
suppression now—and non-
human donors in the not-so-distant future—could help.
It’s the most basic of science, modeling how microscopic bits of life—enzymes, proteins, stem cells—
municate and malfunction. The latest work underlies many of medicine’s advances.