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MIT engineers recruit microbes to help fight cholera

MIT engineers have developed a probiotic mix of natural and engineered bacteria to diagnose and treat cholera, an intestinal infection that causes severe dehydration. Cholera outbreaks are usually caused by contaminated drinking water, and infections can turn fatal if not treated. The most common treatment is rehydration, which must be…

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A new way to mend a broken heart

After a patient has a heart attack, a cascade of events leading to heart failure begins. Damage to the area in the heart where a blood vessel was blocked leads to scar tissue. In response to scarring, the heart will remodel to compensate. This process often ends in ventricular or…

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MIT linQ welcomes IDEA² Global teams for 2018

The 13 teams admitted to MIT linQ’s IDEA² Global for 2018 have begun their seven-month program, which provides intensive innovation method training, collaborative project development, team-specific mentoring, and expertise to help projects move from novel idea to real-world application. MIT linQ is an international biomedical technology innovation consortium, based in the Institute for Medical Engineering and Sciences (IMES). The…

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Plug-and-play diagnostic devices

Researchers at MIT’s Little Devices Lab have developed a set of modular blocks that can be put together in different ways to produce diagnostic devices. These “plug-and-play” devices, which require little expertise to assemble, can test blood glucose levels in diabetic patients or detect viral infection, among other functions. “Our…

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