MIT Researchers Identify Mutations Key to Antibiotic Resistance 🔬🧬💊
Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) identified a class of mutations that aid bacteria in developing resistance. While antibiotic resistance is a natural process, at times, and necessary for the survival of some bacteria, the misuse and overuse of antibiotics creates more of a danger of a large variety of diseases.
MIT Researchers Develop Model To Predict Viral Mutations 🔬👨🔬💉🧬
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a technique to model viral escape using models that were originally developed to model language. Basically, the model will be used to determine which sections of the viral surface proteins including those of HIV, SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza are more likely to mutate in a way that would enable the virus to evade the human immune system and escape. Additionally, this model can be used to identify sections that have low possibility of mutation, thereby making them good targets for vaccines.
DNA sequencing in space; a promising technology for extraterrestrial life detection 🧬 🌌 🪐
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have confirmed the ability to sequence at Mars as well as near Europa and at lower g levels, demonstrating the functionality of updated chemistry and sequencing protocols under parabolic flight, thus revealing consistent performance across various g levels. The work strengthens the use case for nanopore sequencing in dynamic environments on Earth and in space, including as part of the search for nucleic-acid based life beyond Earth.