Rapid test for Covid-19 shows improved sensitivity

A CRISPR-based test developed at MIT and the Broad Institute can detect nearly as many cases as the standard Covid-19 diagnostic.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: medicine crispr public-health covid-19 pandemic broad-institute viruses research school-of-engineering school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences biological-engineering mcgovern-institute

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

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

Engineers use “DNA origami” to identify vaccine design rules

In lab tests, virus-like DNA structures coated with viral proteins provoke a strong immune response in human B cells.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
June 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 broad-institute ragon-institute vaccines research school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih materials-science-and-engineering dmse biological-engineering koch-institute

Experimental peptide targets Covid-19

Computational modeling yields a protein fragment that could bind to coronavirus spike proteins and destroy them.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
June 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 pandemic research drug-development media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning biological-engineering

Counting your antigens

A new platform that precisely quantifies antigens presented on cell surfaces may help researchers and clinicians improve the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapies.

Bendta Schroeder | Koch Institute • mit
June 2, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: medicine cancer immunology research school-of-engineering biological-engineering koch-institute

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