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MIT’s Timothy Lu’s gene therapy innovation: Programming cells to fight infection

In high school and college, Timothy Lu spent a lot of time programming computers. But as his college graduation approached, ...
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Video: MIT scientists create plants that glow in the dark

Imagine that instead of switching on a lamp when it gets dark, you could read by the light of a ...

Cracking cancer: Could treatment lie in harnessing immune system defense mechanism?

For the first time, MIT biologists have now identified a mechanism that the immune system uses to eliminate genetically imbalanced ...
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Happy and sad memories are genetically controlled

MIT News | 
A new study from MIT finds that [positive and negative emotions] are controlled by two populations of neurons that are ...
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Scientists can now guide CRISPR gene editing with light

MIT News | 
CRISPR allows scientists to delete or replace any target gene in a living cell. MIT researchers have now added an ...

Leap forward in cancer research attributed to CRISPR tumor modeling

MIT News | 
By sequencing the genomes of tumor cells, thousands of genetic mutations have been linked with cancer. Sifting through this deluge ...

Gene expression goes realtime with MRI

MIT News | 
Doctors commonly use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose tumors, damage from stroke, and many other medical conditions. Neuroscientists also ...
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Bionic plants developed at MIT focus on the “tech” half of biotech

MIT News | 
Researchers at MIT have enhanced plants' abilities using nanomaterials, specifically carbon nanotubes. The cyborg plants can perform supercharged photosynthesis or ...

An easier way to control genes

MIT News | 
MIT researchers have shown that they can turn genes on or off inside yeast and human cells by controlling when ...

Controlling genes with light

MIT News | 
Although human cells have an estimated 20,000 genes, only a fraction of those are turned on at any given time, ...

Researchers suggest ways to maximize delivery of siRNA

MIT News | 
The following is an excerpt.  Nanoparticles that deliver short strands of RNA offer a way to treat cancer and other ...

Researchers build most complex synthetic biology circuit yet

Phys Org | 
Using genes as interchangeable parts, synthetic biologists design cellular circuits that can perform new functions, such as sensing environmental conditions ...
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