Regulating the regulators

Tiny microRNAs help destroy unwanted messenger RNAs in cells. New research finds how the body keeps them in check.

Eva Frederick | Whitehead Institute • mit
Nov. 24, 2020 ~6 min

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Researchers decipher structure of promising battery materials

Family of compounds could someday be useful for fuel cells, supercapacitors, catalysts, and sensors.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Small molecule, big potential for treating prostate cancer

MIT researchers identify a molecule that could target advanced prostate cancer as well as a variety of other cancers.

Bendta Schroeder | Koch Institute • mit
Nov. 19, 2020 ~9 min

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Vibrations of coronavirus proteins may play a role in infection

Study suggests mechanical properties of spike proteins can predict infectivity and lethality of different coronaviruses.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 19, 2020 ~8 min

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SMART researchers develop gelatin microcarrier for cell production

Gelatin-based microcarriers offer higher yield and scalability compared to existing commercial microcarriers.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Nov. 17, 2020 ~6 min

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Chemists discover the structure of a key coronavirus protein

The protein, which acts as an ion channel, could be a target for new drugs against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 12, 2020 ~5 min

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Flaws emerge in modeling human genetic diseases in animals

Recent studies using CRISPR to fast-track genetic studies into human disease genes appear flawed.

Gage Crump, Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, University of Southern California • conversation
Nov. 10, 2020 ~8 min

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