Engineers devise a way to selectively turn on RNA therapies in human cells

A new RNA-based control switch could be used to trigger production of therapeutic proteins to treat cancer or other diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 28, 2021 ~7 min

Rare crab in amber offers evolution clues

Javier Luque’s first thought while looking at the 100-million-year-old piece of amber wasn’t whether the crustacean trapped inside could help fill a crucial gap in crab evolution. He just kind of wondered how the heck it got stuck in the now-fossilized tree resin? “In a way, it’s like finding a fish in amber,” said Luque, […]

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Oct. 22, 2021 ~7 min

How diet affects tumors

A new study finds cutting off cells’ supplies of lipids can slow the growth of tumors in mice.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 20, 2021 ~8 min

New cancer treatment may reawaken the immune system

By combining chemotherapy, tumor injury, and immunotherapy, researchers show that the immune system can be re-engaged to destroy tumors in mice.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 19, 2021 ~6 min

Biodiversity: world leaders are negotiating new targets to protect nature by 2030 – the story so far

The 15th UN biodiversity conference recently wrapped up the online portion of negotiations.

Tom Oliver, Professor of Applied Ecology, University of Reading • conversation
Oct. 18, 2021 ~8 min

Cellular environments shape molecular architecture

Researchers glean a more complete picture of a complex structure called the nuclear pore complex by studying it directly inside cells.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
Oct. 13, 2021 ~6 min

Reporting all biosafety errors could improve labs worldwide – and increase public trust in biological research

A centralized reporting system for laboratory incidents involving dangerous pathogens in biological research does not exist in the US or internationally.

Rebecca Moritz, Biosafety Director and Responsible Official, Colorado State University • conversation
Oct. 12, 2021 ~8 min

The 2021 Nobel Prize for medicine helps unravel mysteries about how the body senses temperature and pressure

The joint award recognizes the long road to deciphering the biology behind the brain’s ability to sense its surroundings – work that paves the way for a number of medical and biological breakthroughs.

Steven D. Munger, Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Florida • conversation
Oct. 5, 2021 ~9 min

Weighing cancer cells to personalize drug choices

A new study shows a link between patient survival and changes in tumor cell mass after glioblastoma treatment.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 5, 2021 ~8 min

Five years after largest marine heatwave on record hit northern California coast, many warm–water species have stuck around

The Blob, a long-lasting mass of warm water, sat off the Pacific coast of North America for years, bringing new species to formerly cold waters. What allows some to survive while others fade away?

Sam Walkes, PhD Student in Ecology, University of California, Davis • conversation
Oct. 4, 2021 ~8 min