Modeling the impact of testing, tracing, and quarantine

A new model suggests a plan to keep Covid-19 within the capacity of the health-care system while reopening economic activities.

Sociotechnical Systems Research Center | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society • mit
Sept. 8, 2020 ~7 min

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A new tool for modeling the human gut microbiome

Bacteria linked to Crohn’s disease are difficult to grow in the lab, but MIT engineers have found a way.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 6, 2020 ~7 min

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Exhaled biomarkers can reveal lung disease

Specialized nanoparticles create a “breath signal” that could be used to diagnose pneumonia and other infectious or genetic diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 20, 2020 ~5 min

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Engineers design a reusable, silicone rubber face mask

The prototype mask, which includes an N95 filter, can be easily sterilized and worn many times.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 9, 2020 ~7 min

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A boost for cancer immunotherapy

Engineers design nanoparticles that stimulate the immune system, helping it to attack tumors.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
June 1, 2020 ~7 min

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Gamma radiation found ineffective in sterilizing N95 masks

Nuclear scientists and biomedical researchers team up to investigate whether treatment with gamma radiation could make N95 masks more reusable.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
April 10, 2020 ~10 min

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“Living drug factories” might treat diabetes and other diseases

Chemical engineers have developed a way to protect transplanted drug-producing cells from immune system rejection.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: medicine diabetes research school-of-engineering koch-institute health-sciences-and-technology chemical-engineering

Mathematical model could lead to better treatment for diabetes

A new model can predict which types of glucose-responsive insulin will work in humans and animals.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 9, 2020 ~7 min

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