Nanoparticle orientation offers a way to enhance drug delivery

Coating particles with “right-handed” molecules could help them penetrate cancer cells more easily.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Nov. 5, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research drug-delivery nanoscience-and-nanotechnology chemical-engineering koch-institute institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih

New synthesis method yields degradable polymers

Materials could be useful for delivering drugs or imaging agents in the body; may offer alternative to some industrial plastics.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Oct. 28, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: chemistry research drug-delivery imaging polymers school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih national-science-foundation-nsf

Biologists build proteins that avoid crosstalk with existing molecules

Engineered signaling pathways could offer a new way to build synthetic biology circuits.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Oct. 23, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research biology proteins biological-engineering microbes bacteria school-of-science school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih

Drug combination reverses hypersensitivity to noise

Findings in mice suggest targeting certain brain circuits could offer new ways to treat some neurological disorders.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Oct. 21, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research autism brain-and-cognitive-sciences mcgovern-institute school-of-science neuroscience national-institutes-of-health-nih

Whitehead Institute team resolves structure of master growth regulator

New research reveals how mTORC1 docks at lysosomal surface.

Nicole Davis | Whitehead Institute | Oct. 18, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: whitehead-institute biology school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih research drug-discovery

Study reveals how mucus tames microbes

Specialized sugar molecules called glycans can disarm opportunistic pathogens and prevent infection.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Oct. 14, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research biological-engineering microbes school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih bacteria national-science-foundation-nsf deshpande-center

New method visualizes groups of neurons as they compute

Fluorescent probe could allow scientists to watch circuits within the brain and link their activity to specific behaviors.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Oct. 9, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research brain-and-cognitive-sciences media-lab biological-engineering mcgovern-institute koch-institute school-of-engineering school-of-science school-of-architecture-and-planning national-institutes-of-health-nih national-science-foundation-nsf neuroscience

New capsule can orally deliver drugs that usually have to be injected

Coated pill carries microneedles that deliver insulin and other drugs to the lining of the small intestine.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Oct. 7, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research drug-delivery health medicine chemical-engineering mechanical-engineering koch-institute school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih

Engineered viruses could fight drug resistance

By tweaking bacteriophage genomes, MIT team creates a new weapon to combat infection.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Oct. 3, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research antibiotics biological-engineering microbes school-of-engineering bacteria medicine national-institutes-of-health-nih

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

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