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

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

3 Questions: Michael Yaffe on treating Covid-19 patients with acute respiratory distress

MIT professor and intensivist/trauma surgeon explains the new challenges that Covid-19 brings to treating patients in acute respiratory distress.

Bendta Schroeder | Koch Institute • mit
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: medicine covid-19 biology pandemic disease viruses research school-of-engineering school-of-science 3-questions biological-engineering koch-institute

MIT’s Love Lab developing a Covid-19 vaccine to potentially reach billions

Manufacturability is key to producing a widely available, affordable vaccine.

Ashley Belanger | School of Engineering • mit
April 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: medicine covid-19 manufacturing pandemic health-care vaccines research school-of-engineering biological-engineering koch-institute chemical-engineering

Engineers 3D print soft, rubbery brain implants

Technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 30, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: neuroscience electronics 3-d-printing research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering brain-and-cognitive-sciences civil-and-environmental-engineering biological-engineering

A stopgap measure to treat respiratory distress

Repurposing a drug used for blood clots may help Covid-19 patients in danger of respiratory failure, researchers suggest.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 24, 2020 ~7 min

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