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.
Evolution: It’s all in how you splice it
December 20, 2012MIT biologists find that alternative splicing of RNA rewires signaling in different tissues and may often contribute to species differences.
MIT team builds most complex synthetic biology circuit yet
October 7, 2012New sensor can detect four different molecules, could be used to program cells to precisely monitor their environments.
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.
New nanoparticles shrink tumors in mice
August 16, 2012Particles that shut off cancer genes could also allow researchers to screen potential drug targets more rapidly.
Searching genomic data faster
July 10, 2012Biologists’ capacity for generating genomic data is increasing more rapidly than computing power. A new algorithm will help them keep up.
Genetic 911: Cells’ emergency systems revealed
July 3, 2012Study examines how cells exploit gene sequences to cope with toxic stress.
Researchers achieve RNA interference, in a lighter package
June 4, 2012Pared-down nucleic acid nanoparticle poses less risk of side effects, offers better targeting.
A new look at prolonged radiation exposure
May 15, 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.
What lies ahead for science and science writing?
March 27, 201210th anniversary of MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing celebrates past, looks to future.
The mathematics of taste
January 24, 2012By using ‘genetic programming’ to crossbreed algorithms, researchers help flavor companies figure out what their customers like.
Neuroscientists identify a master controller of memory
December 22, 2011One gene appears to regulate the brain’s ability to form new memories.
Unraveling how a mutation can lead to psychiatric illness
November 17, 2011MIT neuroscientists show that a gene linked with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder impairs early brain development.