News Archive


Type 1 diabetes from a beta cell’s perspective

September 24, 2020

A new experimental system shows how insulin-producing beta cells react under autoimmune attack during type 1 diabetes; the results could lead to better treatments

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These genes help explain how malaria parasites survive treatment with common drug

September 23, 2020

Whitehead Institute Member Sebastian Lourido’s CRISPR screen technique reveals factors in parasites’ susceptibility to antibiotics

Bringing new energy to mitochondria research

September 16, 2020

Whitehead Institute researchers may have identified the long-sought after transport molecule for NAD, a molecule used to produce the energy that powers our cells.

COVID-19 scientific leaders share expertise in new MIT class

September 8, 2020

A new MIT course on the Covid-19 pandemic, available to the public online, brings together top Covid-19 experts to educate students on up-to-date pandemic science.

A lab away from lab: Virtual summer program lets students do science at home

August 25, 2020

Whitehead Institute’s science program for middle schoolers, Expedition: Bio, took place online this year but still managed to give students lots of hands-on science experience.

Bridging research and medicine: Whitehead Institute’s physician-scientists

August 12, 2020

Whitehead Institute’s physician-scientists, researchers who also practice medicine, use their unusual position to act as conduits between lab and clinic.

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AudioHelicase Podcast: Olivia Corradin on a New Way to Probe Disease Genetics

August 3, 2020

Whitehead Fellow Olivia Corradin talks about investigating the genetic underpinnings of complex diseases such as multiple sclerosis, running a lab during the COVID-19 pandemic, and evaluating scientific information in a time of uncertainty.

This molecule helps sweet-toothed protein complex sense sugar

July 29, 2020

A new study identifies a key step involved in the breakdown of glucose that allows the mTORC1 complex to sense sugar in its environment, leading to a metabolic response in the cell

A Message to the Whitehead Institute Community from Director Ruth Lehmann

July 27, 2020

Lehmann provides updated COVID-19 guidelines and offers her heartfelt thanks to the community for their cooperation.

Proteins — and labs — coming together to prevent Rett syndrome

July 22, 2020

New discoveries about the disruption of condensates in the neurodevelopmental disorder Rett syndrome provide insights into how cells compartmentalize chromosomes as well as new potential paths for therapies.


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