Self-assembling proteins can store cellular “memories”

Using these engineered proteins, researchers can record histories that reveal when certain genes are activated or how cells respond to a drug.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 2, 2023 ~6 min

New tool can assist with identifying carbohydrate-binding proteins

Groundbreaking research can help alleviate the challenges affiliated with studying carbohydrates.

Danielle Randall Doughty | Department of Chemistry • mit
Dec. 22, 2022 ~5 min

New sensor uses MRI to detect light deep in the brain

Using this approach, researchers can map how light spreads in opaque environments.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 22, 2022 ~7 min

Reindeer eyes change color, putting Rudolph's red nose in the shade – new research podcast

In winter, light in the northern latitudes is dim and very blue compared to summer light. Reindeer eyes have evolved to be better suited at seeing in this unique environment.

Daniel Merino, Associate Science Editor & Co-Host of The Conversation Weekly Podcast, The Conversation • conversation
Dec. 21, 2022 ~3 min

The lenses of fishes' eyes record their lifetime exposure to toxic mercury, new research finds

A new study shows that a time stamp can be put on mercury that accumulates in fish eyes, offering a window into their lifetime exposure.

Karin Limburg, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Biology, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry • conversation
Dec. 19, 2022 ~8 min

Anti-cancer CAR-T therapy reengineers T cells to kill tumors – and researchers are expanding the limited types of cancer it can target

Immunotherapy has the potential to eliminate tumors, but works best for select patients. Engineering T cells to bypass cancer’s defenses could help expand treatment eligibility to more patients.

Gregory Allen, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
Dec. 15, 2022 ~8 min

MIT engineers design a soft, implantable ventilator

The new design works with the diaphragm to improve breathing.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 12, 2022 ~7 min

Molecules found in mucus could prevent cholera infection

Harnessing these protective molecules may offer a new way to treat the disease, which spreads through contaminated water.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 12, 2022 ~7 min

Looking to retain most potent regenerative stem cells

Humans lose them after embryonic development, unlike some animals. New Harvard research offers potential insights into why.

Alice McCarthy • harvard
Dec. 8, 2022 ~4 min

New food technologies could release 80% of the world's farmland back to nature

Cellular and microbial agriculture can make the same amount of food on a fraction of the land.

Katie Noble, PhD Candidate, Leverhulme Center for Anthropocene Biodiversity, University of York • conversation
Dec. 6, 2022 ~8 min