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Reprogramming biology

Since arriving at MIT last December, James Collins’ biggest challenge has been finding time to take on all of the research projects that appeal to him. “It’s truly an embarrassment of riches here in terms of opportunities,” says Collins, the Termeer Professor of Bioengineering, who joined MIT after 24 years…

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Using ultrasound to improve drug delivery

Using ultrasound waves, researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found a way to enable ultra-rapid delivery of drugs to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This approach could make it easier to deliver drugs to patients suffering from GI disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s…

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Predicting change in the Alzheimer’s brain

MIT researchers are developing a computer system that uses genetic, demographic, and clinical data to help predict the effects of disease on brain anatomy. In experiments, they trained a machine-learning system on MRI data from patients with neurodegenerative diseases and found that supplementing that training with other patient information improved…

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Finding a Noninvasive Way to Measure Pressure in the Brain

Current methods to check for increased pressure in a patient’s brain are invasive. One widely used technique is to drill a hole in the skull to insert a catheter or sensor into the brain tissue. Because of the risk of brain injury and infection, doctors typically only measure intracranial pressure…

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