Why C. difficile infection spreads despite increased sanitation practices

Research underscores infection is not a common hospital transmission.

Maria Iacobo | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Feb. 12, 2020 | mit

~4 mins

Tags: civil-and-environmental-engineering division-of-comparative-medicine medicine disease bacteria biology health microbes research school-of-engineering school-of-science

The story behind the mumps outbreaks of 2016-17

Studying the mumps virus genomes in 2016 and 2017 filled in gaps about how the disease was spreading in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the U.S.

Karen Zusi
Feb. 11, 2020 | harvard

~8 mins

Tags: science-technology basic-research broad-institute-of-mit-and-harvard engineering pardis-sabeti plos-biology viral-genomics


Chemists unveil the structure of an influenza B protein

Findings could help researchers design drugs to treat influenza B infections.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
Feb. 3, 2020 | mit

~6 mins

Tags: research viruses chemistry biology disease medicine health school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih

Study likens Earth’s evolution to creation of Frankenstein’s monster

The evolution of the first building blocks on Earth may have been messier than previously thought, likening it to the mishmash creation of Frankenstein’s monster.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy
Jan. 28, 2020 | harvard

~4 mins

Tags: science-technology primordial-soup basic-research caitlin-mcdermott-murphy chemistry chemistry-and-chemical-biology dna engineering genetics jack-szostak origins-of-life prebiotic rna science seohyun-kim

Testing the waters

MIT sophomore Rachel Shen looks for microscopic solutions to big environmental challenges.

Lucy Jakub | Department of Biology
Jan. 28, 2020 | mit

~7 mins

Tags: biology school-of-science mitx undergraduate-research-opportunities-program-urop civil-and-environmental-engineering school-of-engineering bacteria data environment microbes profile research

The new front against antibiotic resistance

Deborah Hung shares research strategies to combat tuberculosis as part of the Department of Biology's IAP seminar series on microbes in health and disease.

Lucy Jakub | Department of Biology
Jan. 23, 2020 | mit

~6 mins

Tags: biology broad-institute independent-activities-period school-of-science bacteria data microbes research antibiotics drug-development disease special-events-and-guest-speakers

Printing objects that can incorporate living organisms

A 3D printing system that controls the behavior of live bacteria could someday enable medical devices with therapeutic agents built in.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
Jan. 23, 2020 | mit

~7 mins

Tags: 3-d-printing design manufacturing media-lab research synthetic-biology school-of-architecture-and-planning

Putting a finger on the switch of chronic parasite infection

Researchers find master regulator needed for Toxoplasma gondii parasite to chronically infect host; promising step toward infection treatment, prevention.

Greta Friar | Whitehead Institute
Jan. 21, 2020 | mit

~6 mins

Tags: whitehead-institute biology chemistry disease genetics crispr medicine research parasites school-of-science

With these neurons, extinguishing fear is its own reward

The same neurons responsible for encoding reward also form new memories to suppress fearful ones.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute
Jan. 21, 2020 | mit

~7 mins

Tags: picower-institute biology brain-and-cognitive-sciences memory anxiety neuroscience research school-of-science mental-health learning

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