Biologists build proteins that avoid crosstalk with existing molecules

Engineered signaling pathways could offer a new way to build synthetic biology circuits.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Oct. 23, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research biology proteins biological-engineering microbes bacteria school-of-science school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih

Study reveals how mucus tames microbes

Specialized sugar molecules called glycans can disarm opportunistic pathogens and prevent infection.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Oct. 14, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research biological-engineering microbes school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih bacteria national-science-foundation-nsf deshpande-center

Engineered viruses could fight drug resistance

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

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

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

Using recent gene flow to define microbe populations

New method identifies ecologically and medically relevant bacteria groups.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent | Aug. 8, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research civil-and-environmental-engineering school-of-science school-of-engineering microbes bacteria evolution national-science-foundation-nsf

A new way to block unwanted genetic transfer

Researchers identify a strategy to prevent mobile genetic elements from breaching the bacterial cell wall.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology | Aug. 5, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: biology school-of-science bacteria health microbes research national-institutes-of-health-nih dna genetics

How a declining environment affects populations

Study finds that competition between bacterial species can be upended when conditions deteriorate.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | May 13, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research physics microbes bacteria ecology evolution school-of-science

Painting a fuller picture of how antibiotics kill

Machine learning reveals metabolic pathways disrupted by the drugs, offering new targets to combat resistance.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | May 9, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research microbes bacteria machine-learning biological-engineering drug-resistance artificial-intelligence institute-of-medical-engineering-and-science-imes school-of-engineering medicine national-institutes-of-health-nih

Designing ocean ecological systems in the lab

Associate Professor Otto Cordero and colleagues discover simple assembly rules for marine microbiomes.

Taylor De Leon | Civil and Environmental Engineering | April 25, 2019 | mit
~3 mins   

Tags: civil-and-environmental-engineering school-of-engineering microbes research oceanography-and-ocean-engineering bacteria

MIT spinout seeks to transform food safety testing

An affordable, easy-to-use handheld sensor, soon to enter the market, can indicate the presence of bacterial contaminants in food in seconds.

Andi Sutton | Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab | April 9, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: agriculture food mechanical-engineering supply-chains technology-and-society sustainability research invention startups chemistry biological-engineering collaboration j-wafs innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie school-of-science school-of-engineering bacteria

New technique pinpoints milestones in the evolution of bacteria

Results show bacterial genomes provide “shadow history” of animal evolution.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Feb. 7, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: bacteria biology evolution eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences environment genetics microbes research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf

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