Screen could offer better safety tests for new chemicals

Using specialized liver cells, a new test can quickly detect potentially cancer-causing DNA damage.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 17, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research cancer biological-engineering school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih drug-development dna health-sciences-and-technology environment

A new way to regulate gene expression

Biologists uncover an evolutionary trick to control gene expression that reverses the flow of genetic information from RNA splicing back to transcription.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology | Dec. 9, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: biology school-of-science data disease dna evolution genetics health research national-institutes-of-health-nih

How biomarkers can record and reconstruct climate trends

Scientists reveal the genes and proteins controlling the chemical structure of a paleoclimate biomarker.

Fatima Husain | EAPS | Dec. 4, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: eaps school-of-science research climate ocean-science dna biology geology climate-change microbes evolution genetics bacteria earth-and-atmospheric-sciences national-science-foundation-nsf department-of-energy-doe

Technique can image individual proteins within synapses

Rapid imaging method could help reveal how conditions such as autism affect brain cells.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Sept. 26, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research biological-engineering broad-institute school-of-engineering neuroscience dna synapses imaging national-institutes-of-health-nih national-science-foundation-nsf

Using CRISPR to program gels with new functions

Smart materials change properties in response to specific DNA sequences; could be used in a variety of devices.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Aug. 22, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research dna crispr genetics diagnostic-devices drug-delivery biological-engineering institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes school-of-engineering


An emerging view of RNA transcription and splicing

Whitehead Institute scientists find chemical modification contributes to trafficking between non-membrane-bound compartments that control gene expression.

Nicole Davis | Whitehead Institute | Aug. 9, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: whitehead-institute biology school-of-science genetics research rna dna


A new way to block unwanted genetic transfer

Researchers identify a strategy to prevent mobile genetic elements from breaching the bacterial cell wall.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology | Aug. 5, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: biology school-of-science bacteria health microbes research national-institutes-of-health-nih dna genetics

New CRISPR platform expands RNA editing capabilities

The new system, dubbed RESCUE, allows RNA edits to be made that were not previously possible.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research | July 11, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: mcgovern-institute broad-institute brain-and-cognitive-sciences biological-engineering school-of-science crispr school-of-engineering rna dna genetics research

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