Study offers an explanation for why the APOE4 gene enhances Alzheimer’s risk

The gene variant disrupts lipid metabolism, but in cell experiments the effects were reversed by choline supplements.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
today ~7 min

Basic cell health systems wear down in Huntington’s disease, analysis shows

A new computational approach for analyzing complex datasets shows that as disease progresses, neurons and astrocytes lose the ability to maintain homeostasis.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Feb. 24, 2021 ~6 min

Toward a disease-sniffing device that rivals a dog’s nose

Trained dogs can detect cancer and other diseases by smell. A miniaturized detector can analyze trace molecules to mimic the process.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 17, 2021 ~7 min

Our gut-brain connection

“Organs-on-a-chip” system sheds light on how bacteria in the human digestive tract may influence neurological diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 29, 2021 ~7 min

Robust artificial intelligence tools to predict future cancer

Researchers created a risk-assessment algorithm that shows consistent performance across datasets from US, Europe, and Asia.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
Jan. 28, 2021 ~12 min

Understanding antibodies to avoid pandemics

Structural biologist Pamela Björkman shared insights into pandemic viruses as part of the Department of Biology’s IAP seminar series.

Saima Sidik | Department of Biology • mit
Jan. 19, 2021 ~5 min

Turning microbiome research into a force for health

A diverse group of researchers is working to turn new discoveries about the trillions of microbes in the body into treatments for a range of diseases.

Zach Winn | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 5, 2021 ~10 min

Model could help determine quarantine measures needed to reduce Covid-19’s spread

A key finding: Early reopening last spring led to a dramatic drop in “quarantine strength” in southern and west-central U.S. states.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 14, 2020 ~9 min

SMART researchers use lysins to selectively target bacteria

The discovery can help to cure bacterial infections without inducing resistance or causing harm to good bacteria.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Dec. 10, 2020 ~6 min

One more clue to brain changes in Huntington’s disease

Opioid receptor MOR1 changes discovered in neurodegenerative disease model.

Jill Crittenden | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
Dec. 10, 2020 ~5 min

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