Scientists discover slimy microbes that may help keep coral reefs healthy

The bacteria scrub out nitrogen, potentially defending against certain nutrient overloads.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 8, 2021 ~7 min

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Turning microbiome research into a force for health

A diverse group of researchers is working to turn new discoveries about the trillions of microbes in the body into treatments for a range of diseases.

Zach Winn | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 5, 2021 ~10 min

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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

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Scientists discover new rules about “runaway” transcription

Findings related to bacterial gene expression overturn fundamental assumptions about basic biological pathways.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
Sept. 2, 2020 ~7 min

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A new tool for modeling the human gut microbiome

Bacteria linked to Crohn’s disease are difficult to grow in the lab, but MIT engineers have found a way.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 6, 2020 ~7 min

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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

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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

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Study: Life might survive, and thrive, in a hydrogen world

When searching for extraterrestrial life, astronomers may want to look at planets with hydrogen-rich atmospheres.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 4, 2020 ~9 min

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Study analyzes contamination in drug manufacturing plants

Report offers guidelines to help prevent viruses from tainting biopharmaceutical drugs.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 27, 2020 ~8 min

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