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Akila V. Muthukumar

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Modern Love

FMoments of Love 2023

This Valentine’s Day, we asked our writers and editors to write about something or someone they love — the lighthearted, the heartbreaking, the bittersweet, and everything in between. Here are their stories.

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Fifteen Superlative Seniors

Most Interesting Thesis: Nour Khachemoune

Khachemoune is using chemical analyses to study rabbit and turkey bones from a Mayan site in Honduras to understand how humans changed the diet of animals in the 1890s.

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Fifteen Questions

Fifteen Questions: Diana Eck on Interfaith Dialogue, Lowell’s Russian Bells, and Her Favorite Poetry

The Comparative Religion professor sat down to discuss religious pluralism in the United States as well as on Harvard’s campus. “It is not the godless Harvard that people used to speak of, in the old days,” she says.

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Around Town

‘A Different Type of Urgency’: Improving Diversity in Genetic Testing

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, Harvard Medical School hosted its annual Precision Medicine Symposium, which focused on the ethical development and deployment of genetic screening to predict people’s risk of developing various diseases.

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The Scoop

A Vaccine for the Next Pandemic

Many researchers are trying to develop an entirely different type of vaccine — a universal one. A pan-coronavirus vaccine would protect against strains of Covid-19, a future strain of SARS-CoV-3, or even a new coronavirus that might not yet have jumped from animals to humans.

The Scoop

Sequencing Babies: New Hope for Newborns

“BabySeq is an experimental research study that seeks to understand the medical, behavioral, and economic impact of sequencing newborns, the goal being to decode newborns’ genes to scan for potentially life-threatening and genetic diseases.”

Narcan Bridge

‘Preventing Preventable Death’ in Cambridge’s Overdose Crisis

But the opioid overdose crisis is of course a public health problem — as well as a medical, urban planning, and legal problem. That multidimensional epidemic has only been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, and responding to it will require the concentrated efforts of every segment of society. Harvard is no exception.

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Quarantined While Queer: BGLTQ Student Support During the Pandemic

As BGLTQ students returned home during the pandemic, they confronted environments hostile to their identities — while also reflecting on how Harvard fell short, both on campus and off.

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The Journey to Develop Personalized Cancer Vaccines

A team of researchers developed personalized neoantigen vaccines for cancer patients. This January, they revealed astounding new results that may have far-reaching implications for the future of quick-acting and long-lasting cancer treatment.

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Going Hungry at Harvard

While many view Harvard graduate students as members of the privileged elite, studying in Cambridge often requires students to endure precarious material conditions. A backdrop of high rent, low pay, and expensive groceries becomes acutely visible in their daily struggles to find their next meal.

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Leverett House

Welcome to Leverett House, where the community is truly anything but average. Leverett is proof that bigger is always better. If you don’t believe us yet, take one look at their beautiful tower views!

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What Cannot Be Said in English

My salangai, red anklets with three rows of bells, chimed through our apartment as I danced Bharatanatyam, anIndian classical dance. Nearly every day for the past 16 years, I practiced rhythmic tattu mettus until my feet became calloused and our downstairs neighbors filed a complaint about the “incessant basketball thumping.”

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Flyby Blog

The 36 Questions That ~Virtually~ Lead to Love

Love is in the air... or should we say, in the Zoom? Either way, we've got all the deep questions you'll need to spice up your latest breakout room. Whether you're just hoping to end some awkward silences or actually trying to obtain a quarantine boo, our special virtual renditions of The New York Times’ “36 Questions That Lead to Love" are sure to please.

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Flyby Blog

There Are 7 Biology Concentrations And Here's How to Choose

Did you randomly take LS1A your freshman year and now you have no clue what to study? With the concentration declaration deadline upon us, we’ve created a procrastinator's guide to understanding obscure biology concentration abbreviations before November 19.

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Fifteen Questions

Fifteen Anxious Minutes with Dr. David R. Williams

It’s no secret that elections make us anxious. But how does that anxiety affect our health? FM asks Professor David R. Williams, who gathered data and investigated the tangible effects of election-related stress in 2016. His research found that, following the election, participants faced significantly higher risk for heart attacks and strokes.