Study links certain metabolites to stem cell function in the intestine

Molecules called ketone bodies may improve stem cells’ ability to regenerate new intestinal tissue.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Aug. 22, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research biology disease stem-cells food cancer koch-institute school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih



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

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

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