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The power of two

Posted
June 30, 2021

Photo: Matthew Brown

Graduate student Ellen Zhong helped biologists and mathematicians reach across departmental lines to address a longstanding problem in electron microscopy.

MIT’s Hockfield Court is bordered on the west by the ultramodern Stata Center, with its reflective, silver alcoves that jut off at odd angles, and on the east by Building 68, which is a simple, window-...

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Uncovering the mysteries of milk

Posted
June 17, 2021

PhD student Sarah Nyquist applies computational methods to understudied areas of reproductive health, such as the cellular composition of breast milk.

Sarah Nyquist got her first introduction to biology during high school, when she took an online MIT course taught by genomics pioneer Eric Lander. Initially unsure what to expect, she quickly discovered biology to be her favorite subject. She began experimenting with anything she could find, beginning...

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Could all your digital photos be stored as DNA?

Posted
June 10, 2021

A technique for labeling and retrieving DNA data files from a large pool could help make DNA data storage feasible.

 On Earth right now, there are about 10 trillion gigabytes of digital data, and every day, humans produce emails, photos, tweets, and other digital files that add up to another 2.5 million gigabytes of data. Much of this data is stored in enormous facilities known as exabyte data centers (an exabyte is 1 billion...

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Using machine learning to predict high-impact research

Posted
May 17, 2021

Image: courtesy of the researchers

DELPHI, an artificial intelligence framework, can give an "early-alert" signal for future key technologies by learning from patterns gleaned from previous scientific publications.

An artificial intelligence framework built by MIT researchers can give an “early-alert” signal for future high-impact technologies, by learning from patterns gleaned from previous...