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  • Human immune cells — in mice

    MIT team engineers mice with human immune cells, which could be used to test vaccines for HIV and other diseases.

    January 13, 2010
  • Nutrient mix shows promise in fighting Alzheimer’s

    In clinical trial, new approach developed at MIT improves memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

    January 8, 2010
  • The recession hits science

    MIT report reveals biotechnology funding troubles

    January 8, 2010
  • Silencing the brain with light

    MIT neuroengineers find a new way to quickly and reversibly shut off neurons with multiple colors of light, which could lead to new treatments for epilepsy and chronic pain.

    January 7, 2010
  • New and improved RNA interference

    Researchers use RNA interference to silence multiple genes at once. The advance, which one expert calls a ‘substantial breakthrough,’ could lead to new treatments for liver diseases.

    January 4, 2010
  • HHMI lists Tsai team’s advance among 10 biggest stories of 2009

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute honors discovery of gene protein that could lead to safer drug treatments for Alzheimer’s and other diseases.

    December 23, 2009
  • New evidence links sirtuins and life extension

    Study from Leonard Guarente shows how sirtuins act in the brain during calorie restriction to potentially lengthen lifespan.

    December 15, 2009
  • 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