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A Toxoplasma cyst isolated from a mouse brain. The cyst wall is stained green and the parasites are stained magenta.

January 16, 2020

Putting a finger on the switch of chronic parasite infection

Researchers at Whitehead Institute have discovered the master regulator necessary for the pervasive parasite Toxoplasma gondii to chronically infect its host. This finding provides important insights into the parasite’s biology and allows scientists in the laboratory to control if and when the parasite can differentiate into its chronic stage, which may inform research into prevention and treatment of infection.

December 13, 2019

Sive Named Dean at Northeastern University

Whitehead Institute Member Hazel Sive, a globally respected developmental biologist and educator, will become Dean of the College of Science at Northeastern University, beginning in June 2020.

Two halves of a puzzle being fitted together

December 5, 2019

The surprising individuality of microRNAs

Whitehead Institute researchers advance the predictive model for the influence of microRNAs on gene expression in a cell. Their findings illustrate that high-, medium-, and low-affinity microRNA target sites unexpectedly vary between different microRNAs, and that in some cases they include imperfectly matched sequences.

microglia

November 26, 2019

Whitehead Institute team develops new method to study human brain cells

Approach could accelerate studies of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and other brain disorders

Images of plants, one with extra salicylic acid

November 22, 2019

Building a roadmap for salicylic acid

Whitehead Institute researchers identify missing enzymes in the biosynthetic pathway for salicylic acid, solving a decades-old puzzle

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