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April 04, 2014
Jacks Laboratory Develops Novel Mouse Model for Aggressive Thyroid Cancer
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KI researchers from the Jacks Laboratory have developed and characterized a novel genetically engineered mouse that successfully models progression from papillary thyroid cancer, which has an excellent prognosis, to anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC), a highly lethal disease in need of scientific...

http://www.newswise.com/articles/mit-biologists-from-the-koch-institute-discover-potential-combination-therapy-for-aggressive-thyroid-cancer

March 03, 2014
KI Collaborators Edit Genes to Correct Genetic Diseases
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Using a new gene-editing system known as CRISPR to replace mutated DNA with the correct sequence, KI engineers and biologists from the Anderson, Jacks, and Sharp Laboratories have cured mice of a rare liver disorder caused by a single mutation in an enzyme needed to break down the amino acid...

http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/erasing-genetic-mutation

March 03, 2014
How to build a biotech renaissance: MIT in Kendall Square
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In the 1970s, if you stood at the corner of Main and Vassar streets and looked out from the edge of the MIT campus, you would see nothing but a vacant lot. Kendall Square had been vacated by the decline of manufacturing and by businesses escaping to the suburbs, leaving only a few scattered...

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2014/how-to-build-a-biotech-renaissance-mit-in-kendall-square.html

March 03, 2014
Biogen Idec Dedicates New Building to Phillip A. Sharp
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On February 11, 2014, Biogen, now Biogen Idec, celebrated the return of its headquarters to Binney Street in Cambridge. When Biogen first opened in 1982, Kendall Square was almost deserted. Today, Kendall Square is a vibrant bioscience community clustered around MIT’s campus and densely populated...

http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/how-to-build-a-biotech-renaissance-mit-in-kendall-square

March 03, 2014
Engineers design ‘living materials’
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Inspired by natural materials such as bone — a matrix of minerals and other substances, including living cells — MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots. These “living materials” combine the...

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2014/engineers-design-living-materials.html

March 03, 2014
Cells get ready for their close-up
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In 2007, MIT scientists developed a type of microscopy that allowed them to detail the interior of a living cell in three dimensions, without adding any fluorescent markers or other labels. This technique also revealed key properties, such as the cells’ density. Now the researchers have adapted...

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2014/microscopy-technique-captures-3-d-images-of-cells-in-microfluidic-channel.html

March 03, 2014
Brighter future for bacteria detection
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Ever wonder why fruits and vegetables sometimes hit the shelves contaminated by pathogenic bacteria such as listeria, E. coli, and salmonella? According to Tim Lu, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and biological engineering at MIT, it boils down to the inefficient bacteria-detection...

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2014/brighter-future-for-bacteria-detection.html

March 03, 2014
Embracing complexity
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Under the microscope, they look like art: a red dapple with green crescents, deep blue and purple spots, angular green dabs. But these are actually cells, highlighted with fluorescent dyes and antibodies, that MIT senior Nathan Kipniss grows and studies. Kipniss — a biological engineering major —...

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2014/embracing-complexity.html

March 03, 2014
The Many Elements of Stephen Lippard
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The life, career, and far-reaching scientific influence of KI faculty member Stephen Lippard were featured in the March 17th cover story of Chemical & Engineering News. The profile details Lippard’s years of innovation and mentoring, which led to his earning the 2014 Priestley Medal, the...

http://cen.acs.org/articles/92/i11/Trailblazer-Mentor.html

March 03, 2014
Bionic plants
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Plants have many valuable functions: They provide food and fuel, release the oxygen that we breathe, and add beauty to our surroundings. Now, a team of MIT researchers wants to make plants even more useful by augmenting them with nanomaterials that could enhance their energy production and give...

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2014/bionic-plants.html