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Newly discovered enzyme “square dance” helps generate DNA building blocks

MIT biochemists can trap and visualize an enzyme as it becomes active — an important development that may aid in future drug development.

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Cummins paper published in Science Advances

The paper, Isolation of an elusive phosphatetrahedrane, was published online on March 25, 2020.

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An experimental peptide could block Covid-19

MIT chemists are testing a protein fragment that may inhibit coronaviruses’ ability to enter human lung cells.

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Understanding The Score: A Dynamic Interrogation Of Acute HIV Infection

Professor Alex Shalek's recent work has been highlighted in an article by the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard.

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Emissions of several ozone-depleting chemicals are larger than expected

Recovering and safely destroying the sources of these chemicals could speed ozone recovery and reduce climate change.

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Bacterial enzyme could become a new target for antibiotics

Scientists discover the structure of an enzyme, found in the human gut, that breaks down a component of collagen.

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How plants protect themselves from sun damage

Study reveals a mechanism that plants can use to dissipate excess sunlight as heat.

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Dincă, Johnson, and Schlau-Cohen Receive Promotions

Three members of the Department of Chemistry faculty will be promoted effective July 1, 2020.

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A chemist investigates how proteins assume their shape

Matt Shoulders hopes to shed light on diseases linked to flawed protein folding.

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Chemists unveil the structure of an influenza B protein

Findings could help researchers design drugs to treat influenza B infections.

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Professor Sir Jack E. Baldwin, hero of Organic Chemistry, passes away

Baldwin published his most significant work, Baldwin's rules for ring closure reactions, while a member of the MIT Chemistry faculty.

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Bawendi and Cao Collaboration Published in Chem

The paper, Generalized Kasha’s Model: T-Dependent Spectroscopy Reveals Short-Range Structures of 2D Excitonic Systems, was published on September 16, 2019.

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Putting a finger on the switch of chronic parasite infection

Researchers find master regulator needed for Toxoplasma gondii parasite to chronically infect host; promising step toward infection treatment, prevention.

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