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Diagram of how the control of the translation of mRNAs into proteins shifts as the egg becomes an the embryo

June 14, 2017

Elegant switch controls translation in transition from egg to embryo

The transition from an egg to a developing embryo is one of life’s most remarkable transformations. Now Whitehead Institute researchers have used fruit flies to decipher how one aspect—control of the translation of messenger RNAs (mRNAs) into proteins—shifts as the egg becomes an the embryo.  This type of switch could tell scientists more about how human cells work and embryos develop.

Whitehead Member Jing-Ke Weng

June 8, 2017

Whitehead Member Jing-Ke Weng receives research grant from the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation to examine herbs thought to boost mothers’ milk supply

Project will investigate the effectiveness and toxicity of four herbs widely used by breastfeeding women worldwide to promote human milk production

Rohgerry Deshycka, Harvey Lodish, Nova Pishesha

May 25, 2017

Undergraduate in Lodish lab doubly awarded for “outstanding” research

Rhogerry “Gerry” Deshycka, a graduating senior working in the lab of Whitehead Institute Founding Member Harvey Lodish, has received one of MIT’s two Randolph G. Wei Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) awards for 2017 and MIT’s 2017 John L. Asinari Award

April 6, 2017

Growth medium based on human plasma rewires cell metabolism

Cultured human cells are the foundation for disease and drug research. Now Whitehead Institute researchers have designed a growth medium that more closely resembles the cells’ environment in the body—and demonstrated that, relative to decades-old recipes that have remained the workhorses of cell culture studies, it significantly alters the cells’ inner workings.

Whitehead Member David Sabatini

April 4, 2017

Whitehead Member David Sabatini awarded Foundation for the NIH Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences

Prize bestowed for discovery of the mTOR pathway’s impact on age-related diseases

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