Synthetic coating for the GI tract could deliver drugs or aid in digestion

MIT engineers devise a temporary film that may help treat diabetes, infections, and other conditions.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 26, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health medicine research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih koch-institute drug-delivery

Gene-controlling mechanisms play key role in cancer progression

Study finds “epigenomic” alterations evolve as lung tumors become more aggressive and metastasize.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 23, 2020 ~7 min

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Exhaled biomarkers can reveal lung disease

Specialized nanoparticles create a “breath signal” that could be used to diagnose pneumonia and other infectious or genetic diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: medicine research sensors school-of-engineering harvard-mit-health-sciences-and-technology electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs nanoscience-and-nanotechnology koch-institute health-sciences-and-technology lincoln-laboratory diagnostics

COMMANDing drug delivery

A new computational method fine-tunes delivery of therapeutics to specific brain regions.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
July 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: medicine neuroscience research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences materials-science-and-engineering dmse koch-institute mcgovern-institute drug-delivery

Engineers design a reusable, silicone rubber face mask

The prototype mask, which includes an N95 filter, can be easily sterilized and worn many times.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 9, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: medicine covid-19 pandemic research medical-devices mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih koch-institute health-sciences-and-technology

Helping drug-delivering particles squeeze through a syringe

MIT engineers are using computing modeling to prevent microparticles from clogging during injections.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering koch-institute chemical-engineering drug-delivery

Engineers use “DNA origami” to identify vaccine design rules

In lab tests, virus-like DNA structures coated with viral proteins provoke a strong immune response in human B cells.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
June 29, 2020 ~7 min

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How cancer drugs find their targets

Certain cancer therapeutics concentrate within cells — a finding that could change the way scientists think about drug design.

Eva Frederick | Whitehead Institute • mit
June 26, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: medicine cancer biology research drug-development school-of-science whitehead-institute koch-institute drug-delivery

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