How Bugs Are Built

Summer 2013


  • a small U.S. flag together with multiple pairs of running shoes tied to fencing surrounding the scene of the bombing


    A community reflects on a day of tragedy

    by Ann Marie Menting

  • Max Finland working in his lab in the mid-1900s

    To Finland and Back

    Infectious disease research at HMS is filled with luminaries

    by Scott H. Podolsky

  • institutionally barren room with molded plastic red chairs along the wall and a young boy with bowed head kneeling on the floor

    Epidemic Proportions

    The fight against infectious disease links discovery with care

    by Jake Miller

  • petri dish with dots representing bacterial colonies, arranged in the outline of a house

    Cottage Industry

    Humans and the life forms they host are in it together

    by Susan Karcz

  • mosquito standing in a circle of light as if under interrogation

    Public Enemies

    Scientists get pathogens to spill their secrets

    by Elizabeth Cooney

  • painting of a raven

    Under the Radar

    A vast network monitors the movements of virulent pathogens

    by Shraddha Chakradhar

  • A Look Inside

    A video introduction to this issue

Also in this issue

  • portrait of Neal Nathanson

    Taking a History

    A profile of Neal Nathanson, Class of 1953

    by Elizabeth Dougherty

  • portrait of Junying Yuan

    Five Questions

    A profile of Junying Yuan, cell biologist

    by Elizabeth Dougherty

  • portrait of Jeffrey Flier

    From the Dean

    Dean's letter to readers

    by Jeffrey S. Flier

  • satellite map of central portion of the North American continent, principally the United States to the Mexico region, with pinpoints in various areas

    Screen Protector

    HealthMap aggregates incidences of disease outbreak

    by Katie DuBoff

  • MRI of a brain with deeply colored areas indicating neural activity

    Of a Mind

    Gene expression can alter with relaxation

    by Sue McGreevey

  • single marijuana leaf

    Weed Control

    Marijuana may improve insulin resistance in diabetes

  • light micrograph of blood-brain barrier with blood vessel epithelium showing in green and neuronal bodies in red

    Broken Barrier

    Mucosal grafting may allow drugs to get into brain

    by Mary Leach

  • light yellow field featuring nonparallel and irregular crosshatching

    From Scratch

    Approach uses itch-specific nerve cells to let in relief

    by Elizabeth Cooney

  • Harvey Fineberg in ceremonial robes at podium

    Patients First

    Class Day speakers remind graduates of their prime directive

    by Elizabeth Cooney and Susan Karcz

  • jumble of round-bottom flasks, with vintage feel

    Reinventing Drug Discovery

    Cross-disciplinary expertise is key to therapeutics initiative

  • World War II-era hand-cranked insecticide applicator


    Medical history from Countway Library

    by Susan Karcz

  • photo of cover of Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study

    Vaillant Effort

    A review of Triumphs of Experience

    by Elissa Ely