Regulating the regulators

Tiny microRNAs help destroy unwanted messenger RNAs in cells. New research finds how the body keeps them in check.

Eva Frederick | Whitehead Institute • mit
Nov. 24, 2020 ~6 min

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Birds' genetic secrets revealed in global DNA study

Scientists have sequenced the "code of life" of species from almost every branch of the bird family tree.

bbcnews
Nov. 11, 2020 ~3 min

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Credit-card-sized ‘microlab’ detects COVID-19 in minutes

Using "lab on a chip" technology, researchers have created a microlab half the size of a credit card that can detect COVID-19 in just 30 minutes.

Andrew Myers-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 10, 2020 ~6 min

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Flaws emerge in modeling human genetic diseases in animals

Recent studies using CRISPR to fast-track genetic studies into human disease genes appear flawed.

Gage Crump, Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, University of Southern California • conversation
Nov. 10, 2020 ~8 min

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It’s not just the germs — it’s also the genes

Pathogens can make us sick. Just how sick depends on genetic variations, including ones that sabotage immune molecules called interferons. A better understanding could lead to new treatments for Covid-19 and other scourges.

Eric Toner • knowable
Nov. 3, 2020 ~13 min

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Dogs are humans' oldest companions, DNA shows

A study of dog DNA patterns shows that our "best friend" among animals is also our oldest one.

bbcnews
Oct. 29, 2020 ~4 min

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Silencing gene expression to cure complex diseases

Immuneering uses bioinformatics to develop new medicines while also helping large pharmaceutical companies improve their treatments.

Zach Winn | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 26, 2020 ~9 min

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What is HIPAA? 5 questions answered about the medical privacy law that protects Trump's test results and yours

A health law expert explains what the regulation does and doesn't protect.

Margaret Riley, Professor of Law, Public Health Sciences, and Public Policy, University of Virginia • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~7 min

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To make mini-organs grow faster, give them a squeeze

Study finds that compressing cells, and crowding their contents, can coax them to grow and divide.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 13, 2020 ~7 min

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Neuroscientists discover a molecular mechanism that allows memories to form

Modifications to chromosomes in “engram” neurons control the encoding and retrieval of memories.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

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