Harvard researchers engineer proteins

Researchers prove they can engineer proteins to find new targets with high selectivity, a critical advance toward potential new treatments to help neuroregeneration, cytokine storm.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
March 4, 2021 ~7 min

Study reveals how egg cells get so big

Oocyte growth relies on physical phenomena that drive smaller cells to dump their contents into a larger cell.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 4, 2021 ~7 min

Eyeless roundworms sense color

C. elegans compares the ratio of wavelengths in its environment to avoid dangerous bacteria that secrete colorful toxins.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
March 4, 2021 ~7 min

January warm spells, March freezes: How plants manage the shift from winter to spring

Trees and shrubs in cold-weather climates rely on certain signals, such as temperature and light, to know when to leaf out and bloom. Climate change is scrambling those signals.

Richard B. Primack, Professor of Biology, Boston University • conversation
March 4, 2021 ~9 min

Tech breakthrough combines motion capture and neural learning

Harvard researchers develop a new motion-tracking system that delivers an unprecedented look at how animals move and behave naturally.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Feb. 25, 2021 ~7 min

Metabolic mutations help bacteria resist drug treatment

Study suggests forcing bacteria to burn more energy could make them more susceptible to antibiotics.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 18, 2021 ~7 min

Scientists at work: New recordings of ultrasonic seal calls hint at sonar-like abilities

Microphones on the seafloor recorded life under the Antarctic ice for two years – inadvertently catching seal trills and chirps that are above the range of human hearing. Could they be for navigation?

Lisa Munger, Instructor of Natural Sciences, University of Oregon • conversation
Feb. 9, 2021 ~9 min

Noise pollution 'drowns out ocean soundscape'

Overwhelming evidence shows noise pollution from human activity is damaging the ocean, scientists say.

Feb. 4, 2021 ~3 min

Machine-learning model helps determine protein structures

New technique reveals many possible conformations that a protein may take.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 4, 2021 ~7 min

Epigenomic map reveals circuitry of 30,000 human disease regions

Analysis reveals genetic control elements that are linked to hundreds of human traits.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 3, 2021 ~8 min