Newly discovered enzyme “square dance” helps generate DNA building blocks

MIT biochemists can trap and visualize an enzyme as it becomes active — an important development that may aid in future drug development.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology
March 30, 2020 | mit

~5 mins   

Tags: biology school-of-science chemistry disease dna energy health research biochemistry

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
March 24, 2020 | mit

~7 mins   

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

Thank you for your patients

An unusual synergy between cancer researchers, clinical centers, and industry leads to promising clinical trials for a new combination therapy for prostate cancer.

Bendta Schroeder | Koch Institute
March 23, 2020 | mit

~7 mins   

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

The growth of an organism rides on a pattern of waves

Study shows ripples across a newly fertilized egg are similar to other systems, from ocean and atmospheric circulations to quantum fluids.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
March 23, 2020 | mit

~7 mins   

Tags: biology cells evolution mathematics physics research school-of-science

Bacterial enzyme could become a new target for antibiotics

Scientists discover the structure of an enzyme, found in the human gut, that breaks down a component of collagen.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
March 17, 2020 | mit

~6 mins   

Tags: research biology chemistry microbes school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih national-science-foundation-nsf

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
Feb. 24, 2020 | mit

~9 mins   

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

Why C. difficile infection spreads despite increased sanitation practices

Research underscores infection is not a common hospital transmission.

Maria Iacobo | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Feb. 12, 2020 | mit

~4 mins   

Tags: civil-and-environmental-engineering division-of-comparative-medicine medicine disease bacteria biology health microbes research school-of-engineering school-of-science

Chemists unveil the structure of an influenza B protein

Findings could help researchers design drugs to treat influenza B infections.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
Feb. 3, 2020 | mit

~6 mins   

Tags: research viruses chemistry biology disease medicine health school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih

Testing the waters

MIT sophomore Rachel Shen looks for microscopic solutions to big environmental challenges.

Lucy Jakub | Department of Biology
Jan. 28, 2020 | mit

~7 mins   

Tags: biology school-of-science mitx undergraduate-research-opportunities-program-urop civil-and-environmental-engineering school-of-engineering bacteria data environment microbes profile research

The new front against antibiotic resistance

Deborah Hung shares research strategies to combat tuberculosis as part of the Department of Biology's IAP seminar series on microbes in health and disease.

Lucy Jakub | Department of Biology
Jan. 23, 2020 | mit

~6 mins   

Tags: biology broad-institute independent-activities-period school-of-science bacteria data microbes research antibiotics drug-development disease special-events-and-guest-speakers

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