An experimental peptide could block Covid-19

MIT chemists are testing a protein fragment that may inhibit coronaviruses’ ability to enter human lung cells.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
March 27, 2020 | mit

~7 mins   

Tags: research covid-19 disease medicine chemistry pandemic school-of-science viruses drug-development

New sensor could help prevent food waste

Monitoring the plant hormone ethylene could reveal when fruits and vegetables are about to spoil.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
March 18, 2020 | mit

~7 mins   

Tags: research chemistry carbon-nanotubes food agriculture school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf nanoscience-and-nanotechnology

Emissions of several ozone-depleting chemicals are larger than expected

Recovering and safely destroying the sources of these chemicals could speed ozone recovery and reduce climate change.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
March 17, 2020 | mit

~9 mins   

Tags: chemistry climate-change eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences emissions environment pollution global-warming sustainability greenhouse-gases 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

How plants protect themselves from sun damage

Study reveals a mechanism that plants can use to dissipate excess sunlight as heat.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
March 10, 2020 | mit

~7 mins   

Tags: research chemistry plants agriculture food school-of-science department-of-energy-doe

A chemist investigates how proteins assume their shape

Matt Shoulders hopes to shed light on diseases linked to flawed protein folding.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
Feb. 23, 2020 | mit

~7 mins   

Tags: faculty chemistry school-of-science profile disease research

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

Putting a finger on the switch of chronic parasite infection

Researchers find master regulator needed for Toxoplasma gondii parasite to chronically infect host; promising step toward infection treatment, prevention.

Greta Friar | Whitehead Institute
Jan. 21, 2020 | mit

~6 mins   

Tags: whitehead-institute biology chemistry disease genetics crispr medicine research parasites school-of-science

Julia Ortony: Concocting nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications

The MIT assistant professor is entranced by the beauty she finds pursuing chemistry.

Leda Zimmerman | MIT Energy Initiative
Jan. 9, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

Tags: mit-energy-initiative materials-science-and-engineering school-of-engineering research faculty dmse chemistry nanoscience-and-nanotechnology renewable-energy water

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

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