New method opens the door to efficient genome writing in bacteria

Technique for editing bacterial genomes can record interactions between cells, may offer a way to edit genes in the human microbiome.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 5, 2021 ~8 min

New drug combo shows early potential for treating pancreatic cancer

Researchers find three immunotherapy drugs given together can eliminate pancreatic tumors in mice.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 5, 2021 ~7 min

Giant sea bass are thriving in Mexican waters – scientific research that found them to be critically endangered stopped at the US-Mexico border

The giant sea bass fishery collapsed long ago in the U.S., but that didn’t mean the species was endangered. New research shows these iconic fish have been thriving south of the border.

Arturo Ramírez-Valdez, Researcher, University of California San Diego • conversation
Aug. 4, 2021 ~8 min

Mapping the cellular circuits behind spitting

Roundworms change the flow of material in and out of their mouths in response to bright light, revealing a new way for neurons to control muscle cells.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
Aug. 3, 2021 ~6 min

A new way to detect the SARS-CoV-2 Alpha variant in wastewater

SMART researchers have developed an innovative method to detect and quantify the B.1.1.7 (Alpha) variant of concern via wastewater epidemiology.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
July 28, 2021 ~8 min

Harvard study shows that jumping spiders can identify biological motion

A study by Harvard researchers demonstrates that jumping spiders can distinguish living from nonliving objects based on their movement.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
July 26, 2021 ~4 min

AI breakthrough will 'transform' biology

A program has been used to predict the structures of nearly every protein in the human body.

July 22, 2021 ~4 min

Harvard professor discusses science in the military

History of Science Professor Naomi Oreskes examines the power of funding to shape science, for both better and worse, in her latest book, “Science on a Mission: How Military Funding Shaped What We Do and Don’t Know about the Ocean.”

Alvin Powell • harvard
July 22, 2021 ~20 min

Study takes step toward finding cause of joint disease

A Harvard study could lead to potential therapeutics for one of the most prominent ailments of the elderly and one of the most prominent musculoskeletal defects in newborns.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
July 14, 2021 ~6 min

Don't hike so close to me: How the presence of humans can disturb wildlife up to half a mile away

Outdoor recreation is booming across the US, but research shows that the presence of humans – or the trails they hike and ski on – can have harmful effects on wildlife at less-than-close range.

Sarah Reed, Affiliate Faculty in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University • conversation
July 14, 2021 ~9 min