Truncated immune system receptors may regulate cellular activity

Unexpected findings in chemokine receptors once believed to be non-functional open up new fields of scientific inquiry.

Michaela Jarvis | MIT Media Lab • mit
Oct. 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cancer covid-19 viruses research cells proteins media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning school-of-science koch-institute

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

Tags: genetics cancer biology research cells mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering biological-engineering

Neural vulnerability in Huntington’s disease tied to release of mitochondrial RNA

Unique survey of gene expression by cell type in humans and mice reveals several deficits affecting the most vulnerable neurons.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
July 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: neuroscience rna immunology broad-institute research cells school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail picower-institute huntingtons

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 • mit
March 23, 2020 ~7 min

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

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 • mit
Dec. 18, 2019 ~6 min

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

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 • mit
Sept. 19, 2019 ~9 min

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

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 • mit
June 6, 2019 ~6 min

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

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 • mit
March 28, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: medicine biology aging disease research cells 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 • mit
March 20, 2019 ~6 min

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

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 • mit
Feb. 11, 2019 ~6 min

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

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