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

Tags: medicine bacteria microbes disease research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih biological-engineering health-sciences-and-technology

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

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

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

Tags: astrophysics space astronomy exoplanets bacteria biology space-exploration research school-of-engineering school-of-science kavli-institute planetary-science eaps astronomy-and-planetary-science

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

Tags: bacteria manufacturing viruses research drug-development school-of-engineering center-for-biomedical-innovation

Engineers develop precision injection system for plants

Microneedles made of silk-based material can target plant tissues for delivery of micronutrients, hormones, or genes.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sustainability bacteria agriculture biology food plants microbes research school-of-engineering school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf civil-and-environmental-engineering developing-countries

Researchers explore ocean microbes’ role in climate effects

When they encounter nutrient oases in the marine desert, marine bacteria release a gas involved in climate regulation.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change environment bacteria research school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf civil-and-environmental-engineering oceanography-and-ocean-engineering ocean-science microfluidics

Covid-19 diagnostic based on MIT technology might be tested on patient samples soon

A variety of MIT research projects could aid efforts to detect and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Anne Trafton | Jennifer Chu | David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 12, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: influenza medicine public-health bacteria microbes disease research transportation school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes chemical-engineering

Mirrored chip could enable handheld dark-field microscopes

Simple chip powered by quantum dots allows standard microscopes to visualize difficult-to-image biological organisms.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 24, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: imaging bacteria quantum-dots photonics biology microscopy microbes research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse national-institutes-of-nih

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