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Image showing tumors

April 20, 2015

Imaging immunity: Noninvasive imaging of immune system detects tumors, could monitor therapeutic response

A novel approach that allows real-time imaging of the immune system’s response to the presence of tumors—without the need for blood draws or invasive biopsies—offers a potential breakthrough both in diagnostics and in the ability to monitor efficacy of cancer therapies.

Whitehead Member Jing-Ke Weng

April 14, 2015

Whitehead Member Jing-Ke Weng named a Searle Scholar

Whitehead Institute Member Jing-Ke Weng is among 15 young scientists nationwide to be named a 2015 Searle Scholar.

Image of brain samples showing gene activity in ischemic areas

April 8, 2015

Biologists identify brain tumor weakness

Biologists at Whitehead Institute and MIT have discovered a vulnerability of brain cancer cells that could be exploited to develop more-effective drugs against brain tumors.

Image of red and white yeast colonies

April 3, 2015

CRISPR-Cas genome editing of Candida albicans holds promise for overcoming deadly fungal infections

Candida albicans is a human pathogen that causes potentially lethal infections in immunocompromised individuals. Efforts to overcome Candida’s innate resistance to many drugs have been thwarted by an absence of tools enabling genetic modifications. Now, using a modified CRISPR-Cas system, Whitehead Institute researchers can edit the fungus’s genome systematically—an approach that could help scientists understand Candida’s unique biology and identify potential drug targets.

Dividing human mammary stem cells

April 2, 2015

Age discrimination during cell division maintains the ‘stem’ in stem cells

A team of Whitehead Institute scientists has discovered that during division, stem cells distinguish between old and young mitochondria and allocate them disproportionately between daughter cells.

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