Targeting DNA

MIT biological engineers have developed a modular system of proteins that can detect a particular DNA sequence in a cell and then trigger a specific response, such as cell death. This system can be customized to detect any DNA sequence in a mammalian cell and then trigger a desired response,…

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Faculty Spotlight: Polina Golland

Pattern Recognition: To the layperson, an image—say, an MRI of the brain—is a diagnostic test. Yet to MIT Professor Polina Golland and her team, that individual image is just one tiny piece in a complicated puzzle where no one yet knows the full picture. “When you look at 10 people who…

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New material opens possibilities for super-long-acting pills

Medical devices designed to reside in the stomach have a variety of applications, including prolonged drug delivery, electronic monitoring, and weight-loss intervention. However, these devices, often created with nondegradable elastic polymers, bear an inherent risk of intestinal obstruction as a result of accidental fracture or migration. As such, they are…

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