Yearly Archives: 2016


Neuroscientists illuminate role of autism-linked gene

Loss of Shank gene prevents neuronal synapses from properly maturing. Source: [Anne Trafton | MIT News Office, May 24, 2016] A new study from MIT neuroscientists reveals that a gene mutation associated with autism plays a critical role in the formation and maturation of synapses — the connections that allow neurons […]


Controlling RNA in living cells

Controlling RNA in living cells Modular, programmable proteins can be used to track or manipulate gene expression. Source: [Anne Trafton | MIT News Office, April 25, 2016] MIT researchers have devised a new set of proteins that can be customized to bind arbitrary RNA sequences, making it possible to image RNA […]


Feng Zhang receives 2016 Canada Gairdner International Award

Broad/MIT scientist among five honored as pioneers of CRISPR-Cas9 system. Source: [The Broad Institute | March 23, 2016] Feng Zhang, a core institute member of the Broad Institute, an investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, and W. M. Keck Career Development Associate Professor in MIT’s Department […]


Study reveals a basis for attention deficits

Study reveals a basis for attention deficits New findings could help scientists develop treatments for ADHD and other disorders. Source: [Anne Trafton | MIT News Office, March 23, 2016]   More than 3 million Americans suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition that usually emerges in childhood and can […]


Toward a better understanding of the brain

Genome-editing pioneer Feng Zhang hopes his work will shed light on neurological disorders. Source: [Anne Trafton | MIT News Office, March 22, 2016] In 2011, about a month after joining the MIT faculty, Feng Zhang attended a talk by Harvard Medical School Professor Michael Gilmore, who studies the pathogenic bacteriumEnteroccocus. The […]