Whitehead Institute team resolves structure of master growth regulator

New research reveals how mTORC1 docks at lysosomal surface.

Nicole Davis | Whitehead Institute | Oct. 18, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: whitehead-institute biology school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih research drug-discovery

Human 'mini-brain' develops slowest among primates

Researchers grow brains in a lab and discover that human neurons develop more slowly than those of other primates.

By Pallab Ghosh | Oct. 16, 2019 | bbcnews
~5 mins   

Tags: brain neuroscience biology

Artificial gut aims to expose the elusive microbiome

Testing platform will allow the research community to explore the human microbiome in new ways.

Anne McGovern | Lincoln Laboratory | Oct. 3, 2019 | mit
~4 mins   

Tags: lincoln-laboratory biological-engineering microbiome research medicine health biology

First video of viruses assembling released

For the first time, Harvard researchers have captured images of individual viruses forming, offering a real-time view into the kinetics of viral assembly.

Leah Burrows | Oct. 2, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology common-cold gastroenteritis hand-foot-and-mouth-disease harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences polio quantitative-biology-initiative virus virus-assembly west-nile-fever

Study finds gut microbes adapt quickly to changes in food preparation

Scientists have recently discovered that different diets — say, high-fat versus low-fat, or plant-based versus animal-based — can rapidly and reproducibly alter the composition and activity of the gut microbiome, where differences in the composition and activity can affect everything from metabolism to immunity to behavior.

Clea Simon | Oct. 2, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: health-medicine clea-simon cooking fas gut-microbiome human-evolutionary-biology katia-chadaideh-corinne-f-maurice kylynda-bauer nature-microbiology peter-turnbaugh rachel-carmody vayu-maini-rekdal

Ruth Lehmann elected as director of Whitehead Institute

Lehmann, a world-renowned developmental and cell biology researcher, is the institute’s fifth director.

Lisa Girard | Whitehead Institute | Sept. 19, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: whitehead-institute school-of-science biology research administration cells

Study finds hub linking movement and motivation in the brain

Detailed observations in the lateral septum indicate region processes movement and reward information to help direct behavior.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory | Sept. 19, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: picower-institute school-of-science biology neuroscience behavior alumniae brain-and-cognitive-sciences research

Novosibirsk: 'No risk' after blast and fire at Russian lethal virus lab

A major research centre says no biological agents have been released from a blast and fire at a lab.

BBC Science News | Sept. 17, 2019 | bbcnews
~1 mins   

Tags: russia ebola-virus biology

Victor Vescovo: Adventurer reaches deepest ocean locations

Financier Victor Vescovo completes his quest to visit the deepest parts of Earth's five oceans.

By Jonathan Amos | Sept. 9, 2019 | bbcnews
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-science oceans marine-biology

Harvard researcher finds canine brains vary based on breed

Erin Hecht, who joined the faculty in January, has published her first paper on our canine comrades in the Journal of Neuroscience, finding that different breeds have different brain organizations owing to human cultivation of specific traits.

Jill Radsken | Sept. 3, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology brains breeds dogs erin-hecht fas human-evolutionary-biology jill-radsken neuroscience science

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