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  • A new study out of the Gabrieli lab has found that differences in a key language structure can be seen even before children start learning to read. Photo: Patricia Saxler

    Brain scans may help diagnose dyslexia

    Differences in a key language structure can be seen even before children start learning to read.
  • Graybiel in her lab with research scientist Jill Crittenden. Photo: Justin Knight

    Are we there yet?

    McGovern researchers reveal how the brain keeps eyes on the prize.
  • A crew delivers the new 3-tesla MRI scanner to the McGovern Institute on July 25 2013. Photo: Doreen Reuchsel

    McGovern Institute gets new brain scanner

    The scanner is expected to be fully operational by the fall, and will be used for a wide range of studies on brain function, in both children and adults.
  • Feng Zhang has devised a new method to insert or alter genes with great precision. Image: Steve Dixon, Feng Zhang

    Genome editing becomes more accurate

    Improved technique makes it easier to add or delete genes in living cells, with less risk of off-target DNA damage.
  • Feng Zhang in his laboratory with graduate student Patrick Hsu. Photo: Justin Knight

    Controlling genes with light

    Although human cells have an estimated 20,000 genes, only a fraction of those are turned on at any given time, depending on the cell’s needs — which can change by the minute or hour. To find out what those genes are doing, researchers need …

  • Breaking habits before they start

    Breaking habits before they start

    McGovern neuroscientists examine how to prevent habits from forming.
  • 2013 McGovern Institute Retreat

    Monthly Digest: June 2013

    Research News

    By activating a brain circuit that controls compulsive behavior, researchers in Ann Graybiel‘s lab have shown that they can block compulsive behavior in mice a result that could help researchers develop new treatments…

  • MIT study sheds light on what causes compulsive behavior, could improve OCD treatments. Photo: istockphoto.com

    Compulsive no more

    Study sheds light on causes of compulsive behavior, could improve OCD treatments.
  • President Barack Obama greets the 2012 U.S. Kavli Prize Laureates in the Oval Office, March 28, 2013, including MIT's Mildred Dresselhaus (in gray jacket), Ann Graybiel (in purple suit) and Jane Luu (in blue jacket). Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

    Obama hosts Dresselhaus, Graybiel and Luu in Oval Office

    President Barack Obama met Thursday, March 28, in the Oval Office with the six U.S. recipients of the 2012 Kavli Prizes — including MIT’s Mildred S. Dresselhaus, Ann M. Graybiel and Jane X. Luu. Obama and his science and technology advisor,…

  • A technology known as diffusion tensor imaging can reveal the structure of long-range connections in the living human brain. Image: Zeynep Saygin

    MIT researchers join Obama for brain announcement

    Four MIT neuroscientists were among those invited to the White House on Tuesday, April 2, when President Barack Obama announced a new initiative to understand the human brain.

    Professors Ed Boyden, Emery Brown, Robert Desimone and Sebastian…

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