Redwood trees have two types of leaves, scientists find – a trait that could help them survive in a changing climate

New research shows that coast redwood trees have a surprising adaptation that helps then thrive in both wet and dry environments.

Alana Chin, Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Ecology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich • conversation
April 13, 2022 ~10 min

Engineered bacteria could help protect “good” gut microbes from antibiotics

Microbes that safely break down antibiotics could prevent opportunistic infections and reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 11, 2022 ~9 min

MIT announces five flagship projects in first-ever Climate Grand Challenges competition

The portfolio of multiyear projects focuses on delivering breakthrough solutions.

MIT News Office • mit
April 11, 2022 ~9 min

New tool reveals how immune cells find their targets

MIT biological engineers have developed a simple way to identify B or T cells that interact with viral or bacterial proteins.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 8, 2022 ~7 min

Researchers identified over 5,500 new viruses in the ocean, including a missing link in viral evolution

Viruses do more than just cause disease – they also influence ecosystems and the processes that shape the planet. Tracing their evolution could help researchers better understand how viruses work.

Matthew Sullivan, Professor of Microbiology, The Ohio State University • conversation
April 7, 2022 ~7 min

Study reveals the dynamics of human milk production

A new analysis shows how milk-producing cells change over time in nursing mothers.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 5, 2022 ~8 min

SeXX and Immunity event raises crucial questions for society

Why has it taken the scientific community so long to include sex as a biological variable in research and analysis as a matter of course?

Department of Biological Engineering • mit
April 4, 2022 ~6 min

Harvard biologist calls foul on team mascots

Harvard biologist Hopi Hoekstra documents whether NCAA team mascots are really what they say they are. Here’s a bracket-buster: Many of them aren’t.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
March 31, 2022 ~3 min

Arctic greening won’t save the climate – here’s why

The growing season on the tundra is starting earlier as the planet warms, but the plants aren’t sequestering more carbon, a new study finds.

Donatella Zona, Associate Professor of Biology, San Diego State University • conversation
March 29, 2022 ~7 min

Octopus farms raise huge animal welfare concerns - and they're unsustainable too

A proposed new large-scale octopus farm in Spain is a huge risk to the welfare of this sentient and intelligent animal.

Jonathan Birch, Associate Professor of Philosophy, London School of Economics and Political Science • conversation
March 24, 2022 ~8 min