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Whitehead Member Jing-Ke Weng

July 18, 2016

Whitehead’s Jing-Ke Weng receives 2016 Beckman Young Investigator Award

Whitehead Member Jing-Ke Weng is one of eight early-career scientists nationwide to be named a 2016 Beckman Young Investigator.

Graphical abstract of the research described below

July 14, 2016

Defining what it means to be a naive stem cell

Whitehead Institute scientists have created a checklist that defines the “naive” state of cultured human embryonic stem cells (ESCs).  Such cells provide a better model of early human embryogenesis than conventional ESCs in later stages of development.

Illustration of DNA helices in tubes

July 4, 2016

Engineers design programmable RNA vaccines against Ebola, influenza

MIT and Whitehead Institute scientists have developed a new type of easily customizable vaccine that can be manufactured in one week, allowing it to be rapidly deployed in response to disease outbreaks. So far, they have designed vaccines against Ebola, H1N1 influenza, and Toxoplasma gondii (a relative of the parasite that causes malaria), which were 100 percent effective in tests in mice.

Three images of human lung cells were infected with influenza A virus.

June 20, 2016

Tiny alpaca-derived antibodies point to targets preventing viral infection

Using tiny, alpaca-derived, single-domain antibody fragments, Whitehead Institute scientists have developed a method to perturb cellular processes in mammalian cells, allowing them to tease apart the roles that individual proteins play in these pathways. With improved knowledge of protein activity, scientists can better understand not only basic biology but also how disease corrupts cellular function and identify potential therapeutics to rectify these aberrations.

Whitehead Institute Members Hidde Ploegh and David Sabatini

May 3, 2016

Whitehead Members Hidde Ploegh and David Sabatini Elected to National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences announced today that Whitehead Institute’s Hidde Ploegh and David Sabatini are among 84 new Academy members elected in recognition of distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

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