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

Putting a finger on the switch of chronic parasite infection

January 16, 2020

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.

Group photo of Brit d’Arbeloff and David Page (both seated) with Page lab postdoctoral fellow Adrianna San Roman (left) and Sahin Naqvi (rear), then a Page lab graduate student and now a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

Whitehead Institute Receives $10 Million Gift to Study Sex Chromosomes’ Impact on Women's Health and Disease

January 9, 2020

The gift establishes the Brit Jepson d’Arbeloff Center on Women's Health within the Institute’s Sex Differences in Health and Disease Initiative

Whitehead Member Hazel Sive

MIT and Sierra Leone professors collaborate on education strategy

January 3, 2020

Whitehead Member and MIT Professor Hazel Sive launched MIT-Africa’s short course program

Sive Named Dean at Northeastern University

December 13, 2019

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.

Collage of various pets of people at Whitehead Institute

Beyond the Lab Bench: A Look at the Traditions That Make Whitehead Institute Unique

December 10, 2019

The Pets of Whitehead Institute: how pets can keep people working in science tied to the larger world

Two halves of a puzzle being fitted together

The surprising individuality of microRNAs

December 5, 2019

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.

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Whitehead Institute team develops new method to study human brain cells

November 26, 2019

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

Images of plants, one with extra salicylic acid

Building a roadmap for salicylic acid

November 22, 2019

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

Embryonic testis with PGCs in red

Committed to reproduction

November 21, 2019

Whitehead Institute researchers have rewritten the timeline for when and how embryonic cells commit to becoming sex cells, the cells that produce eggs and sperm, and gained insights into the development of testicular cancer.

The FLCN-FNIP-Rag-Ragulator complex

Whitehead team solves structure of key mTORC1 activator

November 5, 2019

Findings shed light on the mechanics of mTORC1 signaling, lay the foundation for drug discovery 

Richard Young

Whitehead Institute Member Richard Young Elected to National Academy of Medicine

October 21, 2019

Election to the NAM is considered one of the highest honors for U.S. medical practitioners, public health leaders, and biomedical researchers.  

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VIDEO: WHAT PLANARIANS ARE REVEALING ABOUT THE RULES OF REGENERATION

October 16, 2019

Learn how scientists in Peter Reddien's lab use planarians to probe the mysteries of how animals are able to replace missing body parts after injury — with the goal of one day using this knowledge to guide regenerative medicine techniques.

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