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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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