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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 15 articles

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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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 scientists are mapping the building blocks of life

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A microscopic moonshot hopes to revolutionize biology

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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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What are the advantages of an mRNA vaccine for COVID-19?

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They're easier to manufacture than traditional vaccines, but scientifically their history is checkered

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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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Why do the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines need to be kept so cold?

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The Pfizer and Moderna vaccine cold chains, explained

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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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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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Researchers are abolishing an ancient epidemic — and trying to prevent the next one before it starts

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Using machine learning tools and viral sequences, researchers are trying to better understand disease transmission

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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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Did these scientists just create the first lab-grown human breast milk?

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Meet the two women recreating mother nature’s baby formula.

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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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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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