Yang Tan Center News
New CRISPR-based tool inserts large DNA sequences at desired sites in cells
Known as PASTE, the technique holds potential for treating a variety of diseases caused by faulty genes.
Ila Fiete wins Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience
Society for Neuroscience honors BCS professor for breakthrough research modeling a component of the brain’s navigational system.
RNA-sensing system controls protein expression in cells based on specific cell states
A new technology called RADARS allows scientists to detect and target specific cell types and states, opening up potential applications in diagnostics and therapeutics.
Magnetic sensors track muscle length
Using a new technology, researchers hope to create better control systems for prosthetic limbs.
Studies of autism tend to exclude women, researchers find
A commonly used screening test creates a gender gap that may hinder diagnosis and treatment for women and girls.
Microscopy technique reveals hidden nanostructures in cells and tissues
Separating densely packed molecules before imaging allows them to become visible for the first time.
MIT scientists discover new antiviral defense system in bacteria
Prokaryotes can detect hallmark viral proteins and trigger cell death through a process seen across all domains of life.
Three distinct brain circuits in the thalamus contribute to Parkinson’s symptoms
Targeting these circuits could offer a new way to reverse motor dysfunction and depression in Parkinson’s patients.
Convenience-sized RNA editing
MIT scientists expand CRISPR toolkit with new, compact Cas7-11 enzyme.
New research center focused on brain-body relationship established at MIT
K. Lisa Yang Brain-Body Center to investigate the brain’s complex relationship with other body systems.
Thalamic brain circuit helps hold information in mind
This circuit, which weakens with age, could offer a target to help prevent age-related decline in spatial memory.
Using deep neural networks to understand pitch perception
Computational modeling shows that both our ears and our environment influence how we hear.
Integrative computational neuroscience center established at MIT
The K. Lisa Yang ICoN center will use mathematical tools to transform data into a deep understanding of the brain.
Bionics center established at MIT
Interdisciplinary research center funded by philanthropist Lisa Yang aims to mitigate disability through technologies that marry human physiology with electromechanics.
New programmable gene editing proteins found outside of CRISPR systems
RNA-guided enzymes are more diverse and widespread than previously believed.
Human protein delivers molecular therapy to cells
The programmable system is a step toward safer, targeted delivery of gene editing and other molecular therapeutics.
Some brain disorders exhibit similar circuit malfunctions
Study suggests a common mechanism underlies some behavioral traits seen in autism and schizophrenia.