Making tuberculosis more susceptible to antibiotics

Shortening carbohydrates in the bacterial cell wall makes them more vulnerable to certain drugs.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: chemistry antibiotics microbes research school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih

A new way to make bacteria more sensitive to antibiotics

SMART researchers find exposing bacteria to hydrogen sulfide can increase antimicrobial sensitivity in bacteria that do not produce H2S.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Sept. 3, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: health medicine public-health bacteria health-care antibiotics pharmaceuticals research school-of-engineering biological-engineering bioengineering-and-biotechnology singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart

How often do vaccine trials hit paydirt?

Study: Vaccines find more success in development than any other kind of drug, but have been relatively neglected in recent decades.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: medicine public-health covid-19 industry pandemic policy health-care antibiotics vaccines research government drug-development innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie sloan-school-of-management business-and-management

SMART researchers uncover new anti-phage defense mechanisms

Discovery explains why some bacteria have been able to defend against phage therapy, opens new ways to overcome existing challenges.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
May 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: medicine bacteria antibiotics research school-of-engineering biological-engineering singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart

SMART announces new method for processing fluid droplets

Microfluidics enables researchers to create unique environment for developing medicine, paving the way for more potent, high-quality drugs.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
March 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: medicine manufacturing antibiotics singapore research school-of-engineering international-initiatives singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart

The new front against antibiotic resistance

Deborah Hung shares research strategies to combat tuberculosis as part of the Department of Biology's IAP seminar series on microbes in health and disease.

Lucy Jakub | Department of Biology • mit
Jan. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria biology antibiotics broad-institute data microbes disease research drug-development school-of-science special-events-and-guest-speakers independent-activities-period

SMART and NTU researchers design polymer that can kill drug-resistant bacteria

Polymer may pave the way for drugs to which bacteria are significantly less resistant, a breakthrough that could save hundreds of thousands of lives per year.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Dec. 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: medicine antibiotics microbes research polymers singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart

Engineered viruses could fight drug resistance

By tweaking bacteriophage genomes, MIT team creates a new weapon to combat infection.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 3, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: medicine bacteria antibiotics microbes research school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih biological-engineering

MIT engineers repurpose wasp venom as an antibiotic drug

Altered peptides from a South American wasp’s venom can kill bacteria but are nontoxic to human cells.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 7, 2018 ~5 min

Tags: medicine genetics bacteria antibiotics microbes research drug-development school-of-engineering electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs biological-engineering

Chemical synthesis could produce more potent antibiotics

Simple method for linking molecules could help overcome drug resistant infections.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 5, 2018 ~6 min

Tags: chemistry medicine bacteria antibiotics research drug-development school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih

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