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Curing disease by repairing faulty genes

New delivery method boosts efficiency of CRISPR genome-editing system. The genome-editing technique known as CRISPR allows scientists to clip a specific DNA sequence and replace it with a new one, offering the potential to cure diseases caused by defective genes. For this potential to be realized, however, scientists must find…

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No more insulin injections?

Encapsulated pancreatic cells offer possible new diabetes treatment. In patients suffering from Type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks the pancreas, eventually leaving patients without the ability to naturally control blood sugar. These patients must carefully monitor the amount of sugar in their blood, measuring it several times a day…

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More than 25 from MIT named to Forbes 30 Under 30 lists in 2016

According to Forbes magazine, their fifth annual 30 Under 30 lists showcase “America’s most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars” who are less than than 30 years old. More than 25 MIT students, researchers, and alumni made the 2016 lists. Some 600 selections covering 20 categories were whittled down from an initial screening…

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Tracing a cellular family tree

New technique allows tracking of gene expression over generations of cells as they specialize. By combining sophisticated RNA sequencing technology with a new device that isolates single cells and their progeny, MIT researchers can now trace detailed family histories for several generations of cells descended from one “ancestor.” This technique,…

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Four MIT faculty named 2015 fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

Belcher, Bhatia, Brown, and Horvitz recognized for demonstrating a prolific spirit of innovation and invention resulting in a tangible impact on society. Four MIT faculty members have been named 2015 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI): Angela M. Belcher is the James Mason Crafts Professor Department of Material…

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