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How does a regenerating animal "know" what's missing? How are stem cells or differentiated cells used to create new... see more

How do we communicate with the outside world? How are our senses of vision, smell, taste and pain controlled at the... see more

One of the major priorities in biomedical research is understanding the molecular events that establish the complex... see more

The primary role of mitochondria is to produce 90% of a cell's energy in the form of ATP through a process called... see more

In this course, we will address how transcriptional regulators both prohibit and drive differentiation during the course... see more

Glycans, which are complex assemblies of sugars, are the most prevalent class of macromolecules, surpassing nucleic... see more

A millennial challenge in biology is to decipher how vast arrays of molecular interactions inside the cell work in... see more

In this seminar, we will discuss some of the main themes that have arisen in the field of systems biology, including the... see more

Aging involves an intrinsic and progressive decline in function that eventually will affect us all. While everyone is... see more

This course will explore a diverse collection of striking biological phenomena associated with the X chromosome. We will... see more

Cells, regardless of whether they are in an organ in the human body or a component of a bacterial colony, can sense the... see more

In this class, we will examine cholesterol's role in the cell and in the body as a whole, from its function as a... see more

The aim of this class is to introduce the exciting and often under appreciated discoveries in RNA biology by exploring... see more

How does the brain come to learn whether a stimulus is annoying, rewarding or neutral? How does remembering how to ride a... see more

In this course, we will survey the primary systems biology literature, particularly as it pertains to understanding and... see more

The main goal of this seminar will be to study the nervous system from the perspective of neuron-glia interactions. In... see more

This course is one of many Advanced Undergraduate Seminars offered by the Biology Department at MIT. These seminars are... see more

In this course, we will discuss the microbial physiology and genetics of stress responses in aquatic ecosystems,... see more

This course will start with a survey of basic oxygen radical biochemistry followed by a discussion of the mechanisms of... see more

During this course, we will study the similarities between cancer and normal development to understand how tumors co-opt... see more

The lethal poison Ricin (best known as a weapon of bioterrorism), Diphtheria toxin (the causative agent of a highly... see more

Directed evolution has been used to produce enzymes with many unique properties. The technique of directed evolution... see more

This course is one of many Advanced Undergraduate Seminars offered by the Biology Department at MIT. These seminars are... see more

During development, the genetic content of each cell remains, with a few exceptions, identical to that of the zygote.... see more