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New study sheds light on role of mutations in metastasized cancer

Approximately 95% of cancer mortality is caused by metastasis. This fact is what motivates many cancer researchers to focus on finding new ways to stop or kill the growth of metastatic cancer cells. A new paper published in Nature Genetics focuses on research done to find out how cancers metastasize using new next-generation sequencing…

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Supporting clinical research with the MIMIC-III Critical Care Database

Crowdsourcing clinical data using MIMIC-III could vastly improve research and critical care decisions Critical care decisions in modern day intensive care units (ICUs) are made every day by doctors who rely on decades of studies and clinical trials to inform them of the most effective treatments for these patients, yet…

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A strategy for “convergence” research to transform biomedicine

What if lost limbs could be regrown? Cancers detected early with blood or urine tests, instead of invasive biopsies? Drugs delivered via nanoparticles to specific tissues or even cells, minimizing unwanted side effects? While such breakthroughs may sound futuristic, scientists are already exploring these and other promising techniques. But the…

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Spotlight on engineering staff

The MIT School of Engineering hosted its 16th annual Infinite Mile Awards ceremony on May 25 to recognize and reward members of the school’s administrative, support, service, and sponsored research staff. The awards support the Institute’s and the school’s objectives for excellence. Since their inception in 2001, the School of…

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