Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Fast way to measure DNA repair

Our DNA is under constant attack from many sources, including environmental pollutants, ultraviolet light, and radiation. Fortunately, cells have several major DNA repair systems that can fix this damage, ...

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Bionic ankle 'emulates nature'

These days, Hugh Herr, an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, gets about 100 emails daily from people across the world interested in his bionic limbs.

Apr 17, 2014
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How the brain pays attention (w/ video)

Picking out a face in the crowd is a complicated task: Your brain has to retrieve the memory of the face you're seeking, then hold it in place while scanning the crowd, paying special attention to finding ...

Apr 10, 2014
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MRI reveals genetic activity

Doctors commonly use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose tumors, damage from stroke, and many other medical conditions. Neuroscientists also rely on it as a research tool for identifying parts of ...

Mar 25, 2014
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Making cancer drugs better

More than half of all cancer patients who receive chemotherapy are treated with drugs containing platinum. These drugs are very powerful, but like many other chemotherapy agents, they can have side effects ...

Apr 03, 2014
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