Understanding antibodies to avoid pandemics

Structural biologist Pamela Björkman shared insights into pandemic viruses as part of the Department of Biology’s IAP seminar series.

Saima Sidik | Department of Biology • mit
Jan. 19, 2021 ~5 min

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Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther gives a boost to diversity in STEM – a Black engineer's take on personal and professional inspiration

The late Hollywood star celebrated being young, Black and gifted, both on screen and off.

Karl Zelik, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Vanderbilt University • conversation
Jan. 8, 2021 ~8 min

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“SCOUT” helps researchers find, quantify significant differences among organoids

Unbiased, high-throughput analysis pipeline improves utility of “minibrains” for understanding development and diseases such as Zika infection.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Dec. 14, 2020 ~9 min

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The iconic American inventor is still a white male – and that's an obstacle to race and gender inclusion

The story of the invention in America typically features larger-than-life caricatures of white men like Thomas Edison while largely ignoring the contributions of women and people of color.

Anjali Vats, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African Diaspora Studies and Associate Professor of Law (By Courtesy), Boston College • conversation
Dec. 8, 2020 ~9 min

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Genetic engineering transformed stem cells into working mini-livers that extended the life of mice with liver disease

New strategy helps build synthetic organs from scratch. This enabled the researchers to grow functioning liver tissue in the lab that could be transplanted into mice with liver disease.

Mo Ebrahimkhani, Associate Professor of Pathology and Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Dec. 7, 2020 ~8 min

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Dutch families reveal human ‘cancer suppression system’

Telomere shortening, long thought an unwanted side-effect of aging, actually protects against cancer in humans, a new study indicates.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
Dec. 2, 2020 ~7 min

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Curved origami offers a creative route to making robots and other mechanical devices

Curved origami isn't just elegant art. It's also a versatile way to vary the amount of force applied by robots and other machines.

Zirui Zhai, Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University • conversation
Nov. 18, 2020 ~5 min

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TB kills 1.6M annually. Stem cells play a role

"...Mtb hijacks the immune response at the very early phase of infection by accessing the bone marrow and manipulating stem cells."

McGill University • futurity
Oct. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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