Health sciences and technology
Silencing the brain with light
January 7, 2010MIT 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.
New and improved RNA interference
January 4, 2010Researchers 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.
HHMI lists Tsai team’s advance among 10 biggest stories of 2009
December 23, 2009Howard Hughes Medical Institute honors discovery of gene protein that could lead to safer drug treatments for Alzheimer’s and other diseases.
Reporter’s Notebook: Breaking the silence
December 8, 2009Actress Padma Lakshmi comes to MIT to raise awareness of endometriosis and help launch the new Center for Gynepathology.
When Signals Cross: Medical Systems at CSAIL
November 10, 2009Professor John Guttag and his team of graduate students are working in partnership with clinicians to produce technological solutions for medical problems.
3 Questions: Jeffrey Harris on why we still don't have an HIV vaccine
November 3, 2009The MIT economist blames inadequate incentives for the failure to develop a vaccine against the virus that causes AIDS. He argues governments should help industry create an HIV vaccine by sharing risk.
A new way to measure muscle
October 27, 2009MIT engineer Joel Dawson and colleagues built a handheld probe that could help doctors monitor muscle atrophy in patients with Lou Gehrig's Disease and similar ailments.
Two student inventors take home national prizes
October 23, 2009
Singapore course adds education component to MIT's research efforts in Asia
August 17, 2009
A new way to prepare fluorinated pharmaceuticals
August 13, 2009New method gives drug designers more flexibility
Tumor mutations can predict chemo success
August 6, 2009Genetic profiling of tumors could have 'immediate impact' on treating cancer, study shows
Nanoparticles target ovarian cancer
July 30, 2009New gene therapy technique could fight late-stage tumors
MIT team aims to tailor surgical glues for specific applications
July 9, 2009Researchers look to match material to tissue properties
MIT, CDC find H1N1 flu virus ill-suited for rapid transmission
July 2, 2009But researchers say new strain bears watching, could mutate
Also labeled: Bioengineering and biotechnology