High-resolution imaging with conventional microscopes

Tissue-expansion technique could allow scientists to map brain circuits. Source: [Anne Trafton | MIT News Office, April 17, 2017] MIT researchers have developed a way to make extremely high-resolution images of tissue samples, at a fraction of the cost of other techniques that offer similar resolution. The new technique relies […]

By expanding brain tissue twice, researchers were able to obtain high-resolution images of neurons in the hippocampus.

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Refining risk: Rare mutations that turn up in the general population are unlikely to contribute to autism.

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Analysis winnows list of mutations tied to autism

Source: [Spectrum, Bahar Gholipour | April 6, 2017] As many as one in three rare mutations seen in people with autism have nothing to do with the condition, a new study suggests1. Researchers looked at more than 10,000 spontaneous, or de novo, mutations identified in people with autism, intellectual disability or […]

Faculty highlight: Krystyn Van Vliet

MIT associate professor brings a materials scientist’s understanding to biochemical behavior in stem cells and organ tissue. Source: [Denis Paiste | Materials Processing Center, March 18, 2015]  With joint appointments in the departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering, MIT Associate Professor Krystyn J. Van Vliet brings a materials scientist’s understanding […]

MIT Associate Professor Krystyn Van Vliet holds a rubbery, transparent polymer made of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) that is used to grow stem cells and other cell types in the Laboratory for Material Chemomechanics. Van Vliet's group has shown that mechanical deformation of materials to which stem cells and other cell types attach can modify key cell functions such as proliferation and differentiation.

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“This is a great class of new NAE members who are affiliated with MIT,” says Ian A. Waitz, dean of the School of Engineering and the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. “It is wonderful to see our faculty and alumni being honored by their peers for contributions of the highest level.”

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Michael S. Strano among eight MIT Faculty elected to the National Academy of Engineering

New members have made advances in artificial skin, wireless communications, nanotechnology, hydrology, and cancer treatment. Source: [School of Engineering, February 10, 2017] Eight MIT faculty are among the 84 new members and 22 foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Newly elected members for this year also include an […]

Yun Li, Jaenisch Laboratory, receives SFARI 2016 Bridge to Independence Award

SFARI announces 2016 Bridge to Independence Award finalists   Source: [SFARI.org; 13 January 2017] The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is pleased to announce that it has selected six finalists in response to the 2016 Bridge to Independence Award request for applications (RFA). Grants awarded through the Bridge to Independence […]