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MIT discovers malaria parasitic waste has Dx biomarker potential

Malaria parasites produce waste products as they spread in the blood. Those parasitic discharges may give scientists an ideal diagnostic biomarker to help spot the infection and determine how serious it is, researchers have found.

Biodegradable film strip enabling 14 months of drug delivery prototyped by MIT team

A team of MIT researchers successfully tested a thin-film drug delivery system enabling steady, sustained release of medication for about 14 months, a scientific advancement with major commercial implications. 

MIT engineers discover key mechanism behind gold nanoparticle delivery

Gold nanoparticles are once again in the drug delivery spotlight as MIT scientists have discovered a mechanism by which the particles enter cells and could thus act as better drug carriers.

Researchers developing state-changing surgical robots

Robotics company Boston Dynamics and MIT are teaming up to develop the next generation of robots. The duo developed a new composite material that can quickly transform from a rigid state into a softer one by softening its joints with heat.

MIT, MicroCHIPS develop remote-controlled contraceptive with on-off delivery

A new contraceptive implant developed by Lexington, MA-based MicroCHIPS could give women remote-controlled access to their hormone administration, offering up to 16 years of specifically dosed delivery and thus more authority over their birth control regimens.

Researchers aim to sneak antibiotics into bacteria via naturally occurring molecule

Researchers are attempting to develop methods of sneaking drugs past bacteria's external defense system by delivering therapies via molecules that bacteria secrete to find and obtain iron. 

Inspired by a plunger, new device cuts wound-healing costs

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a finalist for the 2014 Hult Prize after developing a simple wound-therapy device to improve the lives of those lacking access to adequate medical care.

Drugmaker will use MIT 3-D printing process to make fast-melting capsules

The industry is looking for new ways to manufacture drugs which will save it money and Aprecia thinks it has found it in a method that it has licensed from MIT: 3-D printing.

Nanoparticles weaken and then kill cancer cells with two-drug timed release

Scientists at MIT have engineered a one-two punch for cancer that carries two drugs at a time and has been shown to shrink lung and breast tumors in mice. While other nanoparticles have carried multiple drugs, this one makes use of a specific timing mechanism to get the most out of each treatment.

MIT researchers deliver low doses of siRNA to lung endothelial cells

One of the chief drawbacks of RNA interference therapies so far has been the difficulty of delivering small interfering RNA to cells outside the liver. That's why a newly reported breakthrough in delivering siRNA to endothelial cells in the lung and other organs is a big deal.