An emerging view of RNA transcription and splicing

Whitehead Institute scientists find chemical modification contributes to trafficking between non-membrane-bound compartments that control gene expression.

Nicole Davis | Whitehead Institute | Aug. 9, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: whitehead-institute biology school-of-science genetics research rna dna


How brain cells pick which connections to keep

Novel study shows protein CPG15 acts as a molecular proxy of experience to mark synapses for stabilization.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory | Aug. 6, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: picower-institute brain-and-cognitive-sciences school-of-science neuroscience memory biology research proteins

A new way to block unwanted genetic transfer

Researchers identify a strategy to prevent mobile genetic elements from breaching the bacterial cell wall.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology | Aug. 5, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: biology school-of-science bacteria health microbes research national-institutes-of-health-nih dna genetics

Speeding up drug discovery for brain diseases

Whitehead Institute team finds drugs that activate a key brain gene; initial tests in cells and mice show promise for rare, untreatable neurodevelopmental disorder.

Nicole Davis | July 31, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: whitehead-institute picower-institute school-of-science behavior biology brain-and-cognitive-sciences crispr development disease genetics mental-health national-institutes-of-health-nih pharmaceuticals research proteins drug-development

Biologists and mathematicians team up to explore tissue folding

An algorithm developed to study the structure of galaxies helps explain a key feature of embryonic development.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | July 25, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research biology mathematics school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science

Uncovering the riches of traditional global medicine

Researchers solve how the kava plant produces its pain-relieving and anti-anxiety molecules, demonstrate an extensible method to scale and optimize production.

Greta Friar | Whitehead Institute | July 23, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: whitehead-institute biology school-of-science evolution genetics mental-health national-science-foundation-nsf research health plants

Genetic study takes research on sex differences to new heights

Differences in male and female gene expression, including those contributing to height differences, found throughout the body in humans and other mammals.

Greta Friar | Whitehead Institute | July 18, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: whitehead-institute school-of-science biology evolution genetics national-institutes-of-health-nih research animals

Unmasking mutant cancer cells

A new dosing regimen for an old cancer drug shows new promise as an immunotherapy.

Bendta Schroeder | Koch Institute | July 17, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: koch-institute school-of-engineering school-of-science biological-engineering research biology cancer medicine immunology

Cancer biologists identify new drug combo

Two drugs that block cell division synergize to kill tumor cells.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | July 10, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research biology biological-engineering koch-institute school-of-science school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih cancer medicine

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