Malnourished bugs: Higher CO2 levels make plants less nutritious, hurting insect populations

Insect populations are falling as what they eat becomes more like iceberg lettuce and less like kale.

Ellen Welti, Postdoctoral Researcher of Biology, University of Oklahoma • conversation
March 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  climate-change  insects  carbon  biology  plants  carbon-dioxide-co2  nutrients  entomology  kansas  bugs  grasshoppers  food-webs  prairies  research-brief

Mirrored chip could enable handheld dark-field microscopes

Simple chip powered by quantum dots allows standard microscopes to visualize difficult-to-image biological organisms.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 24, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: imaging bacteria quantum-dots photonics biology microscopy microbes research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse national-institutes-of-nih

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 • mit
Feb. 12, 2020 ~4 min

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

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 • mit
Feb. 3, 2020 ~6 min

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

Testing the waters

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

Lucy Jakub | Department of Biology • mit
Jan. 28, 2020 ~7 min

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

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 • mit
Jan. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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

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 • mit
Jan. 21, 2020 ~6 min

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

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 • mit
Jan. 21, 2020 ~7 min

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

Building a platform to image membrane proteins

Biologists devise an efficient method to prepare fluorescently tagged proteins and simulate their native environment.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
Dec. 18, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: chemistry bacteria biology disease research drug-development cells school-of-science

A sign that aliens could stink

A molecule that’s known for its smelly and poisonous nature on Earth may be a sure-fire sign of extraterrestrial life.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 18, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: chemistry astrophysics space astronomy biology research school-of-science kavli-institute planetary-science eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences astronomy-and-planetary-science

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