An optical sensor that can detect individual molecules promises early detection of diseases and environmental contamination.
Oct. 22, 2020 • ~5 min
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A fetus needs oxygen long before its lungs work and it's exposed to the air. Some ingenious biochemistry explains how the mother's blood delivers it.
May 5, 2020 • ~6 min
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MIT biochemists can trap and visualize an enzyme as it becomes active — an important development that may aid in future drug development.
March 30, 2020 • ~5 min
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Whitehead Institute and MIT researchers uncover the detailed molecular structure of the sporopollenin polymer, an inert material key for the emergence of land plants.
Dec. 17, 2018 • ~7 min
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Studies of how photoprotection works at the molecular level may provide a pathway to more biomass and crops.
Dec. 4, 2018 • ~14 min
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