Monthly Archives: December 2015

Simons Investigator Gloria Choi appointed to named professorship

The School of Science appoints six faculty to named professorships [Source: Bendta Schroeder | School of Science, December 28, 2015] The School of Science announced that six of its faculty members have been appointed to named professorships this fall semester. The new appointments are: B. Gloria Choi, Samuel A. Goldblith […]

Clockwise from top left: B. Gloria Choi, Christopher Cummins, James DiCarlo, Mehrdad Jazayeri, Jonathan Kelner, and Jared Speck


Study finds altered brain chemistry in people with autism

[Source: Anne Trafton | MIT News Office, December 17, 2015] Neuroscientists link autism to reduced activity of key neurotransmitter in human brain. MIT and Harvard University neuroscientists have found a link between a behavioral symptom of autism and reduced activity of a neurotransmitter whose job is to dampen neuron excitation. The […]

How one gene contributes to two diseases

[Source: Anne Trafton | MIT News, December 10, 2015] Neuroscientists unravel Shank3 gene’s role in autism and schizophrenia. Although it is known that psychiatric disorders have a strong genetic component, untangling the web of genes contributing to each disease is a daunting task. Scientists have found hundreds of genes that are […]

The gene Shank3 has been linked to both autism and schizophrenia. Researchers found that two different mutations of the Shank3 gene produce some distinct molecular and behavioral effects in mice.

Illustration: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT (Shank3 renderings courtesy of Wikimedia)


MIT, Broad scientists overcome key CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing hurdle

[Source: MIT News, December 1, 2015]   Team re-engineers system to dramatically cut down on editing errors; improvements advance future human applications. The following is adapted from a press release issued today by the Broad Institute. Researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and the McGovern Institute for […]

Safer way to do gene editing

[Source: BBC News, December 1, 2015]   Scientists say they have fine tuned a gene editing method to make it safer and more accurate – vital if it is to be used in humans to cure inherited diseases or inborn errors. The advance, outlined in Science Magazine, comes as world […]