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What can super-healing species teach us about regeneration?

When Albert E. Almada PhD ’13 embarks on a new project, he always considers two criteria instilled in him during his time as a graduate student in the Department of Biology at MIT. “If you want to make a big discovery, you have to approach it from a unique perspective — a unique angle,” Almada says. “You also have to be willing to dive into the unknown...

Wed Feb 21, 2024 23:11
MIT Solve announces 2024 Global Challenges and Indigenous Communities Fellowship

The driving mission of MIT Solve is inviting new voices and proposed solutions to world problems as a way to achieve a more sustainable and equitable future for all. To that end, Solve recently announced the 2024 Global Challenges and the Indigenous Communities Fellowship to help find and scale the best.  Solve invites anyone from anywhere in the...

Tue Feb 20, 2024 19:41
New model identifies drugs that shouldn’t be taken together

Any drug that is taken orally must pass through the lining of the digestive tract. Transporter proteins found on cells that line the GI tract help with this process, but for many drugs, it’s unknown which of those transporters they use to exit the digestive tract. Identifying the transporters used by specific drugs could help to improve patient treatment...

Tue Feb 20, 2024 12:10
MIT course aids social connection, better relationships, and happiness

As part of MIT Chancellor Melissa Nobles’s effort to educate the whole student, MIT’s chaplain to the Institute and associate dean Thea Keith-Lucas, along with colleagues Natalie Hill, a Methodist minister and chaplain, and Sarah Johnson, lead wellness instructor for physical education and wellness, created PE.0539 (Yoga/Emotional Intelligence, Connection,...

Fri Feb 16, 2024 00:02
Hitchhiking cancer vaccine makes progress in the clinic

Therapeutic cancer vaccines are an appealing strategy for treating malignancies. In theory, when a patient is injected with peptide antigens — protein fragments from mutant proteins only expressed by tumor cells — T cells learn to recognize and attack cancer cells expressing the corresponding protein. By teaching the patient’s own immune system to attack...

Thu Feb 15, 2024 23:02
A new test could predict how heart attack patients will respond to mechanical pumps

Every year, around 50,000 people in the United States experience cardiogenic shock — a life-threatening condition, usually caused by a severe heart attack, in which the heart can’t pump enough blood for the body’s needs. Many of these patients end up receiving help from a mechanical pump that can temporarily help the heart pump blood until it recovers...

Wed Feb 14, 2024 21:14

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