Gonorrhea became more drug resistant while attention was on COVID-19 – a molecular biologist explains the sexually transmitted superbug

The US currently has only one antibiotic available to treat gonorrhea – and it’s becoming less effective.

Kenneth Keiler, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Penn State • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Four from MIT receive NIH New Innovator Awards for 2022

Awards support high-risk, high-impact research from early-career investigators.

Phie Jacobs | School of Science • mit
Oct. 4, 2022 ~5 min

The night is full of animal life, but scientists know very little about it

Humans have long struggled to understand the nocturnal world. As environmental change becomes increasingly acute, understanding their lives has never been more critical.

Alice Would, Lecturer in Imperial and Environmental History, University of Bristol • conversation
Sept. 29, 2022 ~6 min

Providing new pathways for neuroscience research and education

Payton Dupuis finds new scientific interests and career opportunities through MIT summer research program in biology.

Leah Campbell | School of Science • mit
Sept. 29, 2022 ~8 min

Genetic study shows evolution of human pelvis

Study shows how pelvis takes shape and what genes orchestrate the process.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Sept. 28, 2022 ~4 min

Neurodegenerative disease can progress in newly identified patterns

A machine-learning method finds patterns of health decline in ALS, informing future clinical trial designs and mechanism discovery. The technique also extends to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Lauren Hinkel | MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab • mit
Sept. 27, 2022 ~10 min

HIV therapies currently need to be taken regularly for life – longer-lasting antibody treatments could one day offer an equally effective one-shot alternative

Antiretroviral therapies for HIV, while extremely effective, need to be taken daily for life. Designing antibody treatments that need to be taken only once could improve compliance and reduce drug resistance.

Ronald C. Desrosiers, Professor of Pathology, Vice-chair for Research, University of Miami • conversation
Sept. 23, 2022 ~7 min

Super-Earths are bigger, more common and more habitable than Earth itself – and astronomers are discovering more of the billions they think are out there

Newly discovered super-Earths add to the list of planets around other stars that offer the best chance of finding life. An astronomer explains what makes these super-Earths such excellent candidates.

Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
Sept. 19, 2022 ~8 min

School start times and screen time late in the evening exacerbate sleep deprivation in US teenagers

Adolescent biology, early morning classes and too much evening screen time are a few of the key drivers behind teen sleep deprivation.

Horacio de la Iglesia, Professor of Neurobiology, University of Washington • conversation
Sept. 16, 2022 ~8 min

Divorce is more common in albatross couples with shy males, study finds

In a long-studied population of wandering albatrosses, females are less likely to stick with a shy mate.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 13, 2022 ~8 min