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Confronting Zika

After its emergency meeting on Zika virus two weeks ago, WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan wrote in an official statement, “the Committee advised that the recent cluster of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders reported in Brazil, following a similar cluster in French Polynesia in 2014, constitutes an ‘extraordinary event’…

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Faculty Profile: Daniel Anderson

Benefitting Generations Daniel Anderson agrees his research may sound like science fiction: smart biomaterials, cellular-level drug delivery, genome editing, cell transplantation, and RNA interference. In fact, this work could help counter serious illnesses from genetic cancers to type-1 diabetes, both for patients and their future family trees. Take, for example,…

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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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Elfar Adalsteinsson to be Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Elfar Adalsteinsson, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), MIT Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Institute for Medical…

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