Building a platform to image membrane proteins

Biologists devise an efficient method to prepare fluorescently tagged proteins and simulate their native environment.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology | Dec. 18, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: biology chemistry school-of-science bacteria disease research drug-development cells

Ruth Lehmann elected as director of Whitehead Institute

Lehmann, a world-renowned developmental and cell biology researcher, is the institute’s fifth director.

Lisa Girard | Whitehead Institute | Sept. 19, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: whitehead-institute school-of-science biology research administration cells

Study links certain metabolites to stem cell function in the intestine

Molecules called ketone bodies may improve stem cells’ ability to regenerate new intestinal tissue.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Aug. 22, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research biology disease stem-cells food cancer koch-institute school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih

Neurons’ “antennae” are unexpectedly active in neural computation

Tiny, branching extensions called dendrites may be more than just passive information-carriers, study finds.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | June 6, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research brain-and-cognitive-sciences cells mcgovern-institute school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih neuroscience

Biologists find a way to boost intestinal stem cell populations

Study suggests that stimulating stem cells may protect the gastrointestinal tract from age-related disease.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | March 28, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: research biology aging disease cells medicine school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih

How tumors behave on acid

Acidic environment triggers genes that help cancer cells metastasize.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | March 20, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research biology cancer cells koch-institute school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih

Acoustic waves can monitor stiffness of living cells

Technique sheds light on cells’ health and development; may be useful for precision medicine.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Feb. 11, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research cells biological-engineering mechanical-engineering koch-institute school-of-engineering

Biologists answer fundamental question about cell size

The need to produce just the right amount of protein is behind the striking uniformity of sizes.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Feb. 7, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: research biology cells dna aging koch-institute school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih national-science-foundation-nsf

Activating a new understanding of gene regulation

Study revelas the role of the activation domain, a part of transcription factors previously shrouded in mystery.

Greta Friar | Whitehead Institute | Nov. 16, 2018 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: school-of-science biology whitehead-institute disease genetics national-institutes-of-health-nih national-science-foundation-nsf research cells

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