Evolution more complex than ‘survival of the fittest’ had us believe

By re-barcoding the DNA of yeast, researchers were able to follow evolution for approximately 1,000 generations, finding surprises along the way.

Clea Simon | Nov. 13, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

Tags: science-technology alex-n-nguyen-ba barcoding dna evolution ivana-cvijovic michael-desai organismic-and-evolutionary-biology physics yeast

Where plastic outnumbers fish by seven to one

Plastic is building up in the areas of the ocean where fish feed and grow, according to research.

By Helen Briggs | Nov. 12, 2019 | bbcnews
~3 mins   

Tags: environment fish oceans plastic-pollution marine-biology plastic

New pathway for lung cancer treatment

MIT researchers identify pyrimidine biosynthesis as a target for the treatment of small cell lung cancer.

Bendta Schroeder | Koch Institute | Nov. 6, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: koch-institute biology school-of-science research cancer medicine drug-development

How new plant species get their names

Kanchi Gandhi is one of a small group of global experts who referees the rules of naming new plant species.

Alvin Powell | Oct. 25, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: science-technology alvin-powell botany department-of-organismic-and-evolutionary-biology faculty-of-arts-and-sciences kanchi-gandhi nomenclature

Biologists build proteins that avoid crosstalk with existing molecules

Engineered signaling pathways could offer a new way to build synthetic biology circuits.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Oct. 23, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research biology proteins biological-engineering microbes bacteria school-of-science school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih

Philanthropist Len Blavatnik returns to Harvard Medical School

One year after the Blavatnik Family Foundation announced a $200 million commitment to Harvard Medical School, philanthropist Len Blavatnik spent the day at HMS visiting with scientists to learn more about research taking place on campus.

Harvard Gazette | Oct. 21, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: health-medicine access-industries blavatnik-family-foundation cryo-electron-microscopy-center-for-structural-biology david-rubenstein gift harvard-medical-school len-blavatnik single-cell-sequencing the-carlyle-group

Cell stiffness may indicate whether tumors will invade

Study shows tumors with softer, larger cells at their periphery are more likely to spread; may suggest new route for cancer therapy.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 21, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: biological-engineering biology cancer drug-delivery disease mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering medicine health-sciences-and-technology

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

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