Rapid test for Covid-19 shows improved sensitivity

A CRISPR-based test developed at MIT and the Broad Institute can detect nearly as many cases as the standard Covid-19 diagnostic.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 17, 2020 ~5 min

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A new way to make bacteria more sensitive to antibiotics

SMART researchers find exposing bacteria to hydrogen sulfide can increase antimicrobial sensitivity in bacteria that do not produce H2S.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Sept. 3, 2020 ~4 min

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Q&A: Peter Fisher discusses JASON report on reopening university laboratories

MIT physicist led government-backed effort to study the challenges and solutions surrounding campus lab work.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Q&A: Peter Fisher discusses JASON report on reopening university laboratories

MIT physicist led government-backed effort to study the challenges and solutions surrounding campus lab work.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

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The MIT Press and UC Berkeley launch Rapid Reviews: COVID-19

The new open access, rapid-review overlay journal aims to combat misinformation in Covid-19 research.

MIT Press • mit
June 29, 2020 ~5 min

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How often do vaccine trials hit paydirt?

Study: Vaccines find more success in development than any other kind of drug, but have been relatively neglected in recent decades.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 27, 2020 ~8 min

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SMART researchers receive grant to develop rapid tests for Covid-19

Using engineered binder proteins to detect viral proteins or antibodies rather than RNA, new tests may overcome current challenges in testing for SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
May 19, 2020 ~9 min

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SHERLOCK-based one-step test provides rapid and sensitive Covid-19 detection

New CRISPR-based research tool delivers results in an hour; researchers share protocol and kits to advance research and move toward clinical validation.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
May 5, 2020 ~8 min

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Safe Paths: A privacy-first approach to contact tracing

A multinational team develops new tools to slow the spread of pandemics.

MIT Media Lab • mit
April 10, 2020 ~9 min

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