Finch Therapeutics unleashes the power of the gut

The company is developing treatments that restore gut bacteria in people struggling with a range of diseases.

Zach Winn | MIT News Office • mit
July 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health medicine bacteria startups microbes microbiology research drug-development school-of-engineering alumniae biological-engineering microboime

Bacteria and viruses are travelling the world on highways in the sky

The atmosphere has a microbiome of bacteria, viruses and fungi that travel around the world on highways in the sky.

Predrag Slijepcevic, Senior Lecturer in Biology, Brunel University London • conversation
July 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria microbiome microbes microbiology viruses


Vodka won't protect you from coronavirus, and 4 other things to know about hand sanitizer

Most commercial hand sanitizers are mainly alcohol, but forget about hitting the liquor store and mixing your own.

Jeffrey Gardner, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
March 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags:  bacteria  covid-19  coronavirus  microbes  microbiology  hand-washing  viruses  hand-sanitizer  quick-reads  questions-answered

New class of enzymes could lead to bespoke diets, therapeutics

Professor Emily Balskus and her team have identified an entirely new class of enzymes that degrade chemicals essential for neurological health, but also help digest foods like nuts, berries, and tea, releasing nutrients that may impact human health.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Feb. 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  chemistry  diet  cancer  bacteria  parkinsons-disease  basic-research  emily-balskus  chemistry-and-chemical-biology  science  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  microbiome  vayu-maini-rekdal  microbes  berries  bespoke-diets  chocolate  coffee  dopamine  enzymes  gut  l-dopa  microbiology  nutrition  nuts

Scene at MIT: PhD baby and her amazing mama | MIT News

A new daughter helped Alejandra Falla PhD ’18 gain perspective on life — and her tiny MIT regalia stole the show at Commencement.

MIT News Office • mit
June 12, 2018 ~5 min

Tags:  women-in-stem  genetics  crispr  biology  microbiology  disease  community  students  graduate-postdoctoral  school-of-engineering  school-of-science  alumniae  commencement  scene-at-mit  biological-engineering

Understanding microbial competition for nitrogen | MIT News

Interactions among microorganisms account for nitrite accumulation just below the sunlit zone, with implications for oceanic carbon and nitrogen cycling.

Lauren Hinkel | Oceans at MIT • mit
April 10, 2018 ~10 min

Tags:  chemistry  carbon  biology  ecology  microbes  microbiology  research  school-of-science  oceanography-and-ocean-engineering  eaps  ocean-science

Microbial communities demonstrate high turnover | MIT News

New research provides insight into the behavior of microbial communities in the ocean.

Carolyn Schmitt | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering • mit
Jan. 18, 2018 ~7 min

Tags:  environment  broad-institute  microbes  microbiology  computational-biology  school-of-engineering  national-science-foundation-nsf  civil-and-environmental-engineering  biological-engineering  department-of-energy-doe  woods-hole  systems-biology

Celebrating a decade of interdisciplinary microbiology | MIT News

The Microbiology Graduate PhD Program spans 50 labs across 10 departments and divisions, offering a broad approach to microbial science and engineering.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
Dec. 12, 2017 ~8 min

Tags:  biology  microbes  microbiology  graduate-postdoctoral  school-of-engineering  school-of-science  classes-and-programs  civil-and-environmental-engineering  biological-engineering  chemical-engineering

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