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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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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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New sensor could help prevent food waste

Monitoring the plant hormone ethylene could reveal when fruits and vegetables are about to spoil.

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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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School of Science announces 2020 Infinite Mile Awards

Ten staff members recognized for dedication to School of Science and to MIT.

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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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Rebecca Teixeira and Emily Wensberg win Infinite Mile Awards

Infinite Mile Awards are given annually by the School of Science in recognition of exceptional staff members.

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QS World University Rankings rates MIT No. 1 in 12 subjects for 2020

Institute ranks second in five subject areas.

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Answering “Why?”

MLK Visiting Scholar Benjamin McDonald uses synthetic organic chemistry in the Swager lab to answer questions with more questions.

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Undergraduate Teaching Lab wins SafetyStratus College and University Health and Safety Award

The award is given annually by the American Chemical Society.

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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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Random Acts of Kindness Week 2020

Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week is a time dedicated to connecting members of the MIT community through small acts of kindness.

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