Engineers develop precision injection system for plants

Microneedles made of silk-based material can target plant tissues for delivery of micronutrients, hormones, or genes.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sustainability bacteria agriculture biology food plants microbes research school-of-engineering school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf civil-and-environmental-engineering developing-countries

Bacterial enzyme could become a new target for antibiotics

Scientists discover the structure of an enzyme, found in the human gut, that breaks down a component of collagen.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: chemistry biology microbes research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf national-institutes-of-health-nih

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

Mirrored chip could enable handheld dark-field microscopes

Simple chip powered by quantum dots allows standard microscopes to visualize difficult-to-image biological organisms.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 24, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: imaging bacteria quantum-dots photonics biology microscopy microbes research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse national-institutes-of-nih

How transient invaders can transform an ecosystem

Study finds microbes can alter an environment dramatically before dying out.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics bacteria ecology microbes research school-of-science

Seeding oceans with iron may not impact climate change

Study finds Earth’s oceans contain just the right amount of iron; adding more may not improve their ability to absorb carbon dioxide.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change environment climate microbes research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf civil-and-environmental-engineering oceanography-and-ocean-engineering eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Why C. difficile infection spreads despite increased sanitation practices

Research underscores infection is not a common hospital transmission.

Maria Iacobo | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering • mit
Feb. 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: health medicine bacteria biology microbes disease research school-of-engineering school-of-science civil-and-environmental-engineering division-of-comparative-medicine

Testing the waters

MIT sophomore Rachel Shen looks for microscopic solutions to big environmental challenges.

Lucy Jakub | Department of Biology • mit
Jan. 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: environment bacteria biology data microbes profile research school-of-engineering school-of-science civil-and-environmental-engineering undergraduate-research-opportunities-program-urop mitx

The new front against antibiotic resistance

Deborah Hung shares research strategies to combat tuberculosis as part of the Department of Biology's IAP seminar series on microbes in health and disease.

Lucy Jakub | Department of Biology • mit
Jan. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria biology antibiotics broad-institute data microbes disease research drug-development school-of-science special-events-and-guest-speakers independent-activities-period

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