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New material temporarily tightens skin

Scientists at MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof, and Olivo Labs have developed a new material that can temporarily protect and tighten skin, and smooth wrinkles. With further development, it could also be used to deliver drugs to help treat skin conditions such as eczema and other types of dermatitis….

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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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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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