Cardiac development needs more than protein-coding genes
January 24, 2013Biologists find that long non-coding RNA molecules are necessary to regulate differentiation of embryonic stem cells into cardiac cells.
Putting the squeeze on cells
January 23, 2013By deforming cells, researchers can deliver RNA, proteins and nanoparticles for many applications.
Editing the genome with high precision
January 3, 2013New method allows scientists to insert multiple genes in specific locations, delete defective genes.
Deciphering the language of transcription factors
September 10, 2012A new method identifies the precise binding sites of transcription factors — proteins that regulate the production of other proteins — with 10 times the accuracy of its predecessors.
Researchers identify biochemical functions for most of the human genome
September 5, 2012New map provides a reference for interpreting function of disease-associated regions.
Study identifies enzymes needed to mend tissue damage after inflammation
June 13, 2012Findings may help predict colon cancer risk for patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
A new look at prolonged radiation exposure
May 14, 2012MIT study suggests that at low dose-rate, radiation poses little risk to DNA.
Study shows unified process of evolution in bacteria and sexual eukaryotes
April 5, 2012A single gene mutation can sweep through a population, opening the door for the concept of ‘species’ in bacteria.
3 Questions: Evelyn Fox Keller on the nature-nurture debates
November 30, 2010In a new book, prominent historian of science dismisses the ‘unanswerable’ question of whether heredity or the environment matter more in human development.
A capital achievement
October 6, 2009In 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.
Biochemist JoAnne Stubbe wins National Medal of Science
September 17, 2009Nation's top science honor goes to MIT biochemist for her role in helping reveal the mechanism of enzymes involved in DNA replication and repair