Silencing gene expression to cure complex diseases

Immuneering uses bioinformatics to develop new medicines while also helping large pharmaceutical companies improve their treatments.

Zach Winn | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 26, 2020 ~9 min

Learning by doing, remotely

Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, MIT students have carved out meaningful hands-on experiences.

Elizabeth Durant | Office of the Vice Chancellor • mit
Oct. 19, 2020 ~10 min

To make mini-organs grow faster, give them a squeeze

Study finds that compressing cells, and crowding their contents, can coax them to grow and divide.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 13, 2020 ~7 min

New gene regulation model provides insight into brain development

A well-known protein family binds to many more RNA sequences than previously thought in order to help neurons grow.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
Sept. 8, 2020 ~7 min

Scientists discover new rules about “runaway” transcription

Findings related to bacterial gene expression overturn fundamental assumptions about basic biological pathways.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
Sept. 2, 2020 ~7 min

Study suggests animals think probabilistically to distinguish contexts

New statistical model may help scientists understand how animals infer whether surroundings are novel or haven’t changed enough to be a new context.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Aug. 12, 2020 ~6 min

SMART research enhances dengue vaccination in mice

Sequential immunization might be safer and more effective than the existing tetravalent vaccine.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Aug. 11, 2020 ~5 min

Bringing RNA into genomics

ENCODE consortium identifies RNA sequences that are involved in regulating gene expression.

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

Gene-controlling mechanisms play key role in cancer progression

Study finds “epigenomic” alterations evolve as lung tumors become more aggressive and metastasize.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 23, 2020 ~7 min

3 Questions: Ibrahim Cissé on using physics to decipher biology

A biophysicist employs super-resolution microscopy to peer inside living cells and witness never-before-seen phenomena.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
July 22, 2020 ~7 min

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