How industrialized life remodels the microbiome

International study reveals gut bacteria from people in industrialized societies swap genes at much higher rates.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 31, 2021 ~7 min

Method offers inexpensive imaging at the scale of virus particles

Using an ordinary light microscope, researchers can now obtain images with unprecedented accuracy.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 29, 2021 ~7 min

New study shows that diet has major impact on gut biomes

New study shows that environmental factors such as diet make major impacts in the gut microbiome.

Clea Simon • harvard
March 23, 2021 ~6 min

Vaccination by inhalation

Delivering vaccines directly to the lungs can boost immune responses to respiratory infections or lung cancer, study finds.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 19, 2021 ~6 min

Sea-cucumber divers off Liberia risk danger to feed a hunger in China

The starfish could represent a lucrative trade but they also play a key role on the coastal ecology.

March 17, 2021 ~8 min

Friends of MIT Biology celebrate an unusual year

Members of the biology community came together to honor and celebrate the contributions and many achievements of the department and its affiliates.

Saima Sidik | Department of Biology • mit
March 16, 2021 ~6 min

Study: One enzyme dictates cells’ response to a probable carcinogen

Varying levels of a DNA repair enzyme can lead to very different outcomes after exposure to NDMA.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 16, 2021 ~7 min

Ultrasound has potential to damage coronaviruses, study finds

Simulations show ultrasound waves at medical imaging frequencies can cause the virus’ shell and spikes to collapse and rupture.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 16, 2021 ~7 min

Challenging the lateral-to-sagittal shift in mammalian locomotion

Harvard study challenges lateral-to-sagittal shift in mammal spine evolution.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
March 15, 2021 ~6 min

Membrane around tumors may be key to preventing metastasis

Tough as plastic wrap but elastic like a balloon, the lining could be a target for therapies to limit cancer cells from spreading.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 8, 2021 ~7 min