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  • The 'sci' behind the 'fi'

    A public television program explores the ways real science is starting to catch up with the futuristic visions in Star Trek.

    December 11, 2009
  • Reporter’s Notebook: Breaking the silence

    Actress Padma Lakshmi comes to MIT to raise awareness of endometriosis and help launch the new Center for Gynepathology.

    December 8, 2009
  • Engineering a cure

    Biological engineering professor Linda Griffith launches a new center to study endometriosis and other gynecological diseases.

    December 3, 2009
  • New computer model could lead to safer stents

    Study by HST scientists shows that location of arterial stents is critical to efficient and safe drug delivery.

    December 2, 2009
  • 3 Questions: Suzanne Corkin on the world’s most famous amnesic

    This week, scientists plan to slice the brain of H.M., the amnesia patient who died last year and whose condition helped shed light on how memories are formed.

    December 1, 2009
  • One word: bioplastics

    At a new plant in Iowa, MIT-rooted technology will use bacteria to turn corn into biodegradable plastics.

    November 17, 2009
  • Explained: RNA interference

    Exploiting the recently discovered mechanism could allow biologists to develop disease treatments by shutting down specific genes.

    November 12, 2009
  • Nanoparticles for gene therapy improve

    MIT team’s nanoparticles could become a safer alternative to gene therapy delivered by viruses.

    November 6, 2009
  • Remembering David Schauer

    Professor’s ‘academic family’ recalls the life and work of the infectious disease expert.

    November 3, 2009
  • Possible origins of pancreatic cancer revealed

    Tumors can arise from different cell types in the pancreas, depending on the circumstances, according to MIT cancer biologists.

    November 3, 2009
  • Back to (brain) basics

    MIT neuroscientists are using their knowledge of the brain to generate promising treatments for autism, mental retardation and Alzheimer’s disease.

    November 3, 2009
  • More jabs needed

    Study suggests that vaccinating many more people could slow the seasonal influenza virus's ability to evade vaccines.

    October 30, 2009
  • Protein is linked to lung cancer development

    Drugs that inhibit the protein, which normally helps defend cells from infection, could target tumors in certain lung cancer patients.

    October 22, 2009
  • A head of time

    For the first time, neuroscientists find brain cells that keep track of time with extreme precision.

    October 20, 2009
  • Deshpande Center's latest funding cycle supports goal of 'idea to impact'

    Since 2002, the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation has funded more than 80 projects with over $9 M in grants. The center supports a wide range of emerging technologies including biotechnology, biomedical devices, information technology, new materials, tiny tech, and energy innovations. Eighteen projects have spun out of the center as independent startups, having collectively raised over $150 million in outside financing from investors.

    October 17, 2009
  • A new dimension for genome studies

    By revealing the 3-D structure of DNA, scientists explain how it manages to stay untangled. The findings could also help reveal how cells regulate their genes.

    October 9, 2009
  • A capital achievement

    In White House ceremony, President Barack Obama presents JoAnne Stubbe with the National Medal of Science in recognition of enzyme research that led to cancer drug.

    October 7, 2009
  • To peer inside a living cell

    Quantum mechanics could help build ultra-high-resolution electron microscopes that won't destroy living cells, according to MIT electrical engineers.

    October 6, 2009
  • Of Note: MIT professors win NIH grants aimed at spurring innovative research

    September 24, 2009
  • In Profile: Scott Manalis

    His technology to weigh single cells led to an unexpected research focus: figuring out how cancerous cells escape normal growth controls.

    September 23, 2009