HIV genome bends over backwards to help virus take over cells

Differently shaped RNA molecules allow HIV to express different genes from the same RNA sequence.

Eva Frederick | Whitehead Institute • mit
May 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: medicine genetics hivaids biology rna disease viruses research computer-science-and-technology algorithms whitehead-institute

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

Tags: dna medicine crispr public-health covid-19 pandemic broad-institute viruses research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences health-science-and-technology

3 Questions: Michael Yaffe on treating Covid-19 patients with acute respiratory distress

MIT professor and intensivist/trauma surgeon explains the new challenges that Covid-19 brings to treating patients in acute respiratory distress.

Bendta Schroeder | Koch Institute • mit
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: medicine covid-19 biology pandemic disease viruses research school-of-engineering school-of-science 3-questions biological-engineering koch-institute

Study analyzes contamination in drug manufacturing plants

Report offers guidelines to help prevent viruses from tainting biopharmaceutical drugs.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: bacteria manufacturing viruses research drug-development school-of-engineering center-for-biomedical-innovation

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

Proteins may halt the severe cytokine storms seen in Covid-19 patients

Team designs antibody-like receptor proteins that can bind to cytokines, as possible strategy for treating coronavirus and other infections.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: medicine covid-19 disease viruses research media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning

An experimental peptide could block Covid-19

MIT chemists are testing a protein fragment that may inhibit coronaviruses’ ability to enter human lung cells.

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

Tags: chemistry medicine covid-19 pandemic disease viruses research drug-development school-of-science

A stopgap measure to treat respiratory distress

Repurposing a drug used for blood clots may help Covid-19 patients in danger of respiratory failure, researchers suggest.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: medicine covid-19 biology pandemic disease viruses research school-of-engineering school-of-science biological-engineering koch-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

New type of virus found in the ocean | MIT News

The unusual characteristics of these abundant, bacteria-killing viruses could lead to evolutionary insights.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 24, 2018 ~7 min

Tags:  evolution  bacteria  biology  microbes  viruses  research  school-of-engineering  school-of-science  national-science-foundation-nsf  civil-and-environmental-engineering  biological-engineering  ocean-science

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