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

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

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


“Inactive” pill ingredients could raise the dose of your medication

With help from artificial intelligence, researchers identify hidden power of vitamin A and ordinary chewing gum glaze.

Kim Martineau | MIT Quest for Intelligence
March 17, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

Tags: quest-for-intelligence mechanical-engineering koch-institute mit-ibm-watson-ai-lab research pharmaceuticals disease machine-learning artificial-intelligence algorithms medicine health-care school-of-engineering

Covid-19 diagnostic based on MIT technology might be tested on patient samples soon

A variety of MIT research projects could aid efforts to detect and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Anne Trafton | Jennifer Chu | David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
March 12, 2020 | mit

~11 mins   

Tags: research bacteria public-health microbes medicine chemical-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering disease transportation influenza institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes school-of-engineering

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

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

Study: To slow an epidemic, focus on handwashing

Improving the rate of handwashing at just 10 major airports could significantly slow the spread of a viral disease, researchers estimate.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
Feb. 6, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

Tags: research public-health civil-and-environmental-engineering disease health transportation influenza misti school-of-engineering school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

How to tackle depression in Japan?

CCI and Takeda collaborate on a theoretical approach leveraging networks of people and machines in support of individuals experiencing depression.

Annalyn Bachmann | Center for Collective Intelligence
Feb. 4, 2020 | mit

~3 mins   

Tags: research depression disease systems-engineering center-for-collective-intelligence industry collaboration health-care technology-and-society apps mental-health

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