A new way to control microbial metabolism

Chemical engineers program bacteria to switch between different metabolic pathways, boosting their yield of desirable products.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 2, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research chemical-engineering school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf bacteria microbes biological-engineering synthetic-biology

Startup aims to democratize synthetic biology | MIT News

Alumna’s mini-lab kits include all necessary tools and materials for anyone to start engineering microbes.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office | April 18, 2018
~9 mins |

Tags:  innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie  startups  alumniae  stem-education  k-12-education  synthetic-biology  biological-engineering  media-lab  school-of-architecture-and-planning  education  education-teaching-academics  design  maker-movement

Artificial antimicrobial peptides could help overcome drug-resistant bacteria | MIT News

With aid of computer algorithm, researchers develop peptides more powerful than those found in nature.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | April 16, 2018
~6 mins |

Tags:  research  electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs  biological-engineering  school-of-engineering  synthetic-biology  bacteria  microbes  antibiotics  medicine

Timothy Lu seeks to combat disease by reprogramming biological systems | MIT News

Synthetic biologist hopes to develop treatments for cancer and other diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | March 4, 2018
~6 mins |

Tags:  research  faculty  electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs  biological-engineering  school-of-engineering  dna  microbes  synthetic-biology  medicine  health-sciences-and-technology  profile  cancer

Reading and writing DNA | MIT News

Department of Biology kicks off IAP seminar series with a lecture by synthetic-biology visionary George Church.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology | Jan. 31, 2018
~8 mins |

Tags:  biology  bacteria  biological-engineering  crispr  dna  genetics  health-care  research  synthetic-biology  school-of-science  independent-activities-period  innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie  industry  genome-editing  broad-institute

Engineers 3-D print a “living tattoo” | MIT News

New technique 3-D prints programmed cells into living devices for first time.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 5, 2017
~8 mins |

Tags:  3-d-printing  biological-engineering  drug-delivery  materials-science-and-engineering  mechanical-engineering  electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs  microbes  research  school-of-engineering  synthetic-biology  national-science-foundation-nsf  national-institutes-of-health-nih

Gene circuit switches on inside cancer cells, triggers immune attack | MIT News

Advance may open new pathways for cancer immunotherapy.

Helen Knight | MIT News correspondent | Oct. 19, 2017
~7 mins |

Tags:  research  synthetic-biology  biological-engineering  electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs  research-laboratory-of-electronics  school-of-engineering  dna  cancer  koch-institute

New way to test antibiotics could lead to better drugs | MIT News

Study finds bacterial response to drugs varies in different environments.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Aug. 31, 2017
~5 mins |

Tags:  research  drug-development  biological-engineering  synthetic-biology  microbes  disease  institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes  school-of-engineering

A rose by any other name would smell as yeast | MIT News

Emily Havens Greenhagen ’05 leads a team of scientists brewing perfume from yeast.

Justin Chen | Department of Biology | July 14, 2017
~8 mins |

Tags:  alumniae  biology  biological-engineering  chemical-engineering  bioengineering-and-biotechnology  synthetic-biology  research  bacteria  microbes  school-of-science

Endowing cells with new abilities | MIT News

PhD student Fahim Farzadfard engineers cells to record “memories” of past events.

Dara Farhadi | MIT News correspondent | June 20, 2017
~7 mins |

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