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

Harvard researchers analyze bacteria in the human mouth

Harvard microbial ecologists take an up-close look at mouth bacteria.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Feb. 2, 2021 ~6 min

Harvard researcher tracks clonal raider ant to Bangladesh

Harvard researcher tracks globally invasive ant population to Bangladesh.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Feb. 1, 2021 ~9 min

An invention that can speed up the race to stop TB

Junior Fellow Mireille Kamariza is an award-winning scientist and entrepreneur, who was recognized for inventing a portable, low-cost diagnostic tool to detect tuberculosis.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Jan. 29, 2021 ~10 min

Our gut-brain connection

“Organs-on-a-chip” system sheds light on how bacteria in the human digestive tract may influence neurological diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 29, 2021 ~7 min

Robust artificial intelligence tools to predict future cancer

Researchers created a risk-assessment algorithm that shows consistent performance across datasets from US, Europe, and Asia.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
Jan. 28, 2021 ~12 min