Making tissue stretchable, compressible, and nearly indestructible

Chemical process called ELAST allows labeling probes to infuse more quickly, and makes samples tough enough for repeated handling.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: neuroscience imaging microscopy tissue-engineering research school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes picower-institute chemical-engineering

Study finds that aging neurons accumulate DNA damage

Reactivating an enzyme that promotes DNA repair can help to reverse age-related cognitive decline in mice.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: neuroscience alzheimers aging research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences national-institutes-of-health-nih picower-institute

New model of the GI tract could speed drug development

Studies of drug absorption in the small intestine could help researchers identify medicines that can be taken orally.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 27, 2020 ~7 min

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

Researchers identify cells likely targeted by Covid-19 virus

Study finds specific cells in the lungs, nasal passages, and intestines that are more susceptible to infection.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 22, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: chemistry covid-19 broad-institute ragon-institute disease viruses research school-of-engineering school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih koch-institute institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes

How dopamine drives brain activity

A specialized MRI sensor reveals the neurotransmitter’s influence on neural activity throughout the brain.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: neuroscience memory magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri learning research school-of-engineering school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences national-institutes-of-health-nih mcgovern-institute

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

How the brain encodes landmarks that help us navigate

Neuroscientists discover how a key brain region combines visual and spatial information to help us find our way.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 10, 2020 ~7 min

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

The neural basis of sensory hypersensitivity

A new study may explain why people with autism are often highly sensitive to light and noise.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 2, 2020 ~6 min

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


Chemists unveil the structure of an influenza B protein

Findings could help researchers design drugs to treat influenza B infections.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: chemistry health medicine biology disease viruses research school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih

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