To make mini-organs grow faster, give them a squeeze

Study finds that compressing cells, and crowding their contents, can coax them to grow and divide.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: genetics cancer biology research cells mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering biological-engineering

Neuroscientists discover a molecular mechanism that allows memories to form

Modifications to chromosomes in “engram” neurons control the encoding and retrieval of memories.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: dna genetics neuroscience memory research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute

Nanoparticles can turn off genes in bone marrow cells

Using these new particles, researchers could develop treatments for heart disease and other conditions.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: genetics rna research school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology koch-institute institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes chemical-engeering

New gene regulation model provides insight into brain development

A well-known protein family binds to many more RNA sequences than previously thought in order to help neurons grow.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
Sept. 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: genetics neuroscience development biology data research school-of-science computer-modeling

Scientists discover new rules about “runaway” transcription

Findings related to bacterial gene expression overturn fundamental assumptions about basic biological pathways.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
Sept. 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: dna physics genetics bacteria biology rna research school-of-science

Bringing RNA into genomics

ENCODE consortium identifies RNA sequences that are involved in regulating gene expression.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: genetics biology rna research school-of-science

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

Historic migration patterns are written in Americans' DNA

Genetic, geographic, and demographic data from more than 30,000 Americans reveal more genetic diversity within ancestry groups than previously thought.

Tom Ulrich | Broad Institute • mit
March 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: dna genetics broad-institute research school-of-architecture-and-planning school-of-engineering urban-studies-and-planning electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs


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 • mit
Jan. 21, 2020 ~6 min

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

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