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Joshua 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.

Joshua has authored 11 articles

Exosuits can restore mobility in stroke patients and soldiers alike

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And they're customizable for different types of bodies, gaits, and speeds

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Knowing more about how sneeze droplets spray can help prevent disease

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Big and small droplets have different physics and even different pathogenic potential

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A patient was cured of HIV. What should you expect in the future?

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Scientists are buoyed and see a path to future medicines

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Humanity's viral stowaway is now a defense against our greatest diseases

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Engineered viruses may be the key to HIV and tuberculosis vaccines

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Haven't heard of RNA therapy yet? You will

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

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How dogs are helping us understand human allergies

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

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

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'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

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The most important invention in medicine could save even more lives

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Earth's weirdest creatures are genetic treasure chests

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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

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A microscopic moonshot hopes to revolutionize biology

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

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

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Futuristic organ-on-a-chip technology now seems more realistic than ever

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Researchers have pioneered what may be the most accurate simulation of kidney function to-date

Max Levy

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A new study shows that some are 'immune' to CRISPR. What does it mean for biology's breakthrough editor?

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It's complicated, and the road from lab to clinic is long

Alireza Edraki

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Should peer review stop being anonymous?

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

Dan Samorodnitsky

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

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

Prabarna Ganguly

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

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

Devang Mehta

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How paper towels could revolutionize DNA analysis

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A new method using paper towels like you have in your kitchen could make diagnosing diseases more affordable

Jennifer Tsang

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Evolution is a lot messier than we thought

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Cells evolved haphazardly, not in one overall arc

Melanie Silvis

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Why teamwork is better than attempting lone heroism in science

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A story of failure, collaboration, and incredibly tiny medicine

Samantha McWhirter

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New HIV drugs show a disease under control – for those who can afford them

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Even as new therapies raise hopes, diagnoses and costs prevent widespread treatment

Danny Jomaa

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