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Illustration of scientist cutting a cell in half with a pizza cutter

August 15, 2019

To divide or not to divide?

Whitehead Institute team reveals molecular program that controls cells’ capacity for division

Illustration of a train on a DNA track between droplets

August 7, 2019

An emerging view of RNA transcription and splicing

Whitehead Institute scientists discover that chemical modification contributes to trafficking between non-membrane-bound compartments that control gene expression

Illustration of person using a claw machine to pick out a drug candidate

July 31, 2019

Speeding up drug discovery for brain diseases

Whitehead Institute team finds drugs that activate a key brain gene; initial tests in cells and mice show promise for rare, untreatable neurodevelopmental disorder

Kava plants

July 22, 2019

Multi “-omics” approach uncovers the riches of traditional global medicine

Researchers solve how the kava plant produces its pain-relieving and anti-anxiety molecules, and demonstrate an extensible method to scale and optimize their production

Photo showing the bell curve of women's and men's heights

July 18, 2019

Genetic study takes sex differences research to new heights

Researchers find differences in gene expression between males and females throughout the body in humans and other mammals, including ones that contribute to the average height difference between the sexes

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