Covid-19 diagnostic based on MIT technology might be tested on patient samples soon

A variety of MIT research projects could aid efforts to detect and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Anne Trafton | Jennifer Chu | David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 12, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: influenza medicine public-health bacteria microbes disease research transportation school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes chemical-engineering

Study: To slow an epidemic, focus on handwashing

Improving the rate of handwashing at just 10 major airports could significantly slow the spread of a viral disease, researchers estimate.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: influenza health public-health disease research transportation school-of-engineering school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences civil-and-environmental-engineering misti

Cholesterol helps flu virus escape through host cell’s membrane | MIT News

Study could shed light on how many other proteins bind with membrane cholesterol.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent • mit
Nov. 20, 2017 ~5 min

Tags:  influenza  chemistry  biology  research  cells  school-of-science

Biochemists discover mechanism that helps flu viruses evolve | MIT News

Influenza viruses can hijack host cellular machinery to help mutated viral proteins fold and function.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 26, 2017 ~7 min

Tags:  influenza  evolution  chemistry  health  medicine  microbes  research  school-of-science  national-science-foundation-nsf

Tracking the spread of bird flu | MIT News

Asian flu strains can enter North America through Alaska, study finds.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 17, 2017 ~7 min

Tags:  influenza  evolution  genetics  disease  viruses  research  school-of-engineering  biological-engineering  division-of-comparative-medicine

Engineers design programmable RNA vaccines | MIT News

Tests in mice show the vaccines work against Ebola, influenza, and a common parasite.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 4, 2016 ~8 min

Tags:  influenza  health  cancer  ebola  biology  rna  vaccines  disease  research  school-of-engineering  school-of-science  whitehead-institute  koch-institute  institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes  chemical-engineering

Sneezing produces complex fluid cascade, not a simple spray | MIT News

High-speed imaging shows how fluid breaks apart in air, may help identify super-spreaders.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 10, 2016 ~6 min

Tags:  influenza  physics  health  public-health  health-care  disease  research  national-science-foundation-nsf  civil-and-environmental-engineering  institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes  fluid-dynamics

Improving prevention of and responses to flu outbreaks | MIT News

New research suggests ways to reduce the likelihood that individuals and groups will become infected with influenza.

Engineering Systems Division • mit
June 10, 2015 ~3 min

Tags:  influenza  public-health  disease  research  school-of-engineering  harvard-mit-health-sciences-and-technology  engineering-systems-division

Swine flu outbreak in India raises concern | MIT News

MIT study finds evidence that a new strain of H1N1 may carry dangerous mutations.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 11, 2015 ~7 min

Tags:  influenza  india  research  school-of-engineering  national-institutes-of-health-nih  biological-engineering  koch-institute

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