Research highlights immune molecule’s complex role in Huntington’s disease

Knocking out the immune cytokine IL-6 exacerbates symptoms in HD model mice, affects neural connection genes.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
June 8, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: neuroscience immunology broad-institute disease research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute

SMART researchers receive grant to develop rapid tests for Covid-19

Using engineered binder proteins to detect viral proteins or antibodies rather than RNA, new tests may overcome current challenges in testing for SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
May 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health public-health covid-19 pandemic rna disease research proteins school-of-engineering grants singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart

Making an impact through chemical engineering

Hadley Sikes designs simple-to-use diagnostic devices that could benefit patients around the world.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cancer covid-19 profile disease research school-of-engineering faculty chemical-engineering singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart diagnostics

MIT engineers propose a safer method for sharing ventilators

Suggested design could make it easier to divide air flow for Covid-19 patients in emergencies when no other options are available.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: medicine covid-19 pandemic disease research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering harvard-mit-health-sciences-and-technology

HIV genome bends over backwards to help virus take over cells

Differently shaped RNA molecules allow HIV to express different genes from the same RNA sequence.

Eva Frederick | Whitehead Institute • mit
May 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: medicine genetics hivaids biology rna disease viruses research computer-science-and-technology algorithms whitehead-institute

3 Questions: Michael Yaffe on treating Covid-19 patients with acute respiratory distress

MIT professor and intensivist/trauma surgeon explains the new challenges that Covid-19 brings to treating patients in acute respiratory distress.

Bendta Schroeder | Koch Institute • mit
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: medicine covid-19 biology pandemic disease viruses research school-of-engineering school-of-science 3-questions biological-engineering koch-institute

Researchers identify cells likely targeted by Covid-19 virus

Study finds specific cells in the lungs, nasal passages, and intestines that are more susceptible to infection.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 22, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: chemistry covid-19 broad-institute ragon-institute disease viruses research school-of-engineering school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih koch-institute institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes

Proteins may halt the severe cytokine storms seen in Covid-19 patients

Team designs antibody-like receptor proteins that can bind to cytokines, as possible strategy for treating coronavirus and other infections.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: medicine covid-19 disease viruses research media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning

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