Josh Peters

Biological Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I’m a PhD student in Biological Engineering at MIT. Around two billion people in the world are infected with a microscopic bug called Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. Despite this, only a fraction develop tuberculosis. And a fraction of those infected – almost 5,000 a day – die. I put on Stranger Things-esque protection equipment and probe these bacteria to ask, what allows them bacteria to win this tug-of-war? To understand this variation, I look at how both human and bacteria cells change on a genetic level in response to each other, as a member of the Blainey Lab, located in the Broad Institute, and Bryson Lab, located in the Ragon Institute and MIT.

7 articles

How dogs are helping us understand human allergies

If your dog has allergies, chances are you do too. Thanks, microbes

Haven't heard of RNA therapy yet? You will

After a decade of painstaking progress​, the underdog is on the brink of treating a broad range of diseases

Billionaires are rushing into biotech. Inequality is following them into science

'Free-market philanthropy' raises yet more questions about the future of American public research

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Vaccines aren't yet using our immune system's full potential

The most important invention in medicine could save even more lives

Earth's weirdest creatures are genetic treasure chests

From the axolotl's regenerating limbs to naked mole rat cancer resistance, new sequencing is uncovering new possibilities

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How scientists are mapping the building blocks of life

A microscopic moonshot hopes to revolutionize biology

Why there probably won't be a 'magic bullet' for cancer

Researchers increasingly view the disease as a sprawling, evolving metropolis of cells

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Should peer review stop being anonymous?

Prominent researchers can take the gamble, but junior scientists risk retribution

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To better target cancer, scientists find clues on the surface of cells

New research finds that we might need to take a step back from the inside of cells

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Plants are not conscious, whether you can 'sedate' them or not

A New York Times story is a case study in what can go wrong in translating science

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How paper towels could revolutionize DNA analysis

A new method could make it more affordable to diagnose diseases

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Evolution is a lot messier than we thought

Cells evolved haphazardly, not in one overall arc

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Why teamwork is better than attempting lone heroism in science

A story of failure, collaboration, and incredibly tiny medicine

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