Tissue model reveals role of blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer’s

Study finds that Alzheimer’s damage allows toxins to enter the brain, further harming neurons.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Aug. 12, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research biological-engineering mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering medicine health-sciences-and-technology alzheimers disease



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

New material could make it easier to remove colon polyps

Gel cushion used to elevate polyps during endoscopy could reduce the risk of tearing the colon lining.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | July 30, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research cancer mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering medicine health-science-and-technology national-institutes-of-health-nih


Hydration sensor could improve dialysis

Noninvasive device could benefit patients with kidney disease, congestive heart failure, or dehydration.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | July 24, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research koch-institute medicine diagnostics diabetes materials-science-and-engineering dmse school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf national-institutes-of-health-nih health-science-and-technology

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