Stories

Biotechs race to develop stem cell treatments for diabetes
Insulin-producing cells grown in the lab could offer a functional cure for the disease.
The Scientist, 2019

Compound growth
Chemical biologists create small molecules to boost discoveries or prototype novel therapies.
Paths of Progress, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 2019

Archiving petabytes in pellets of DNA
CATALOG taps into DNA’s extreme density and robustness to meet the soaring demand for massive data storage and parallel computation.
MIT Industrial Liaison Program, 2019

Building a silk road for agriculture
Benedetto Marelli designs materials based on silk proteins that can preserve crops and make seeds more productive.
MIT ILP, 2019

Regulating the gene-therapy revolution
The medical regulatory authorities ride a wave of clinical studies for gene therapies.
Nature, 2018

Delivering on DNA
Mark Bathe creates viral-like nucleic acid particles uniquely structured for precisely targeting drugs.
MIT ILP, 2018

Getting cancer drugs into the brain
Before they can get to work, treatments for brain cancer must bypass a formidable obstacle — the blood–brain barrier.
Nature, 2018

Cost of cancer drugs: something has to give
Many patients are being priced out of treatments that could save their lives.
Managed Care Magazine, 2018

Cancer immunotherapy
Nature Outlook (lead editor)
Nature, 2017

With storms intensifying and oceans on the rise, Boston weighs strategies for staying dry
A multi-billion-dollar seawall is among climate adaptation options under consideration for the iconic coastal city.
Ensia, 2017

Putting digital health monitoring tools to the test
Fitbits and smartphone apps can aid in managing chronic conditions–but only if people stay engaged.
Undark, 2017

Transgenic fish are ready for us. Are we ready for them?
After decades of regulatory and legal challenges, AquaBounty aims to bring genetically engineered salmon to U.S. and Canadian markets next year.
Ensia, 2017

Oxstem: Doubling down on disruption
Startup drives university research to commercialize small molecules that activate stem cells inside patients.
Nature, 2017

(Some) frogs are better parents than we thought
Nocturnal fieldwork sheds light on how parental sex roles evolve.
BU Research, 2017

Cells on trial
Four regenerative and immune-system therapies taking on the toughest cases of inflammatory bowel disease.
Nature, 2016

Music of the spheres and ellipsoids
Sangtae Kim solves a longstanding challenge in fluid dynamics, decades after taking it on.
Purdue College of Engineering, 2016

Crowdsourced solutions
Open competitions bring new minds, skills and collaborations to problems in biomedical research.
Nature, 2016

Turning technology into startup success
Robert Langer, who has helped launch dozens of biotech startups, looks at the long tricky road to commercialize medical innovations.
MIT ILP, 2016

Fingerprinting the brain
Zhongming Liu integrates imaging techniques for ambitious projects mapping neural networks.
Purdue College of Engineering, 2016

Big data in biomedicine
Nature Outlook (lead editor)
Nature, 2015

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