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Designing plants that don’t decay

December 2, 2020

A proposed project would provide a way to store carbon indefinitely in the tissues of specially engineered plants

Collage of plants, animals, microscopy, and researchers

Nature's library: The value of biodiversity to biological research

December 2, 2020

In this video, six Whitehead Institute researchers share what they have learned from the living world, and why it's more important than ever to conserve it.

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Making green drugs: tapping into nature without tapping it out

December 2, 2020

By learning from nature without overtaxing it, Whitehead Institute Member Jing-Ke Weng aims to help develop potent new drugs for a plethora of medical problems while addressing some of the environmental concerns of typical drug development.

Feeding a changing world

December 2, 2020

Maintaining food security in the face of climate change is a complex, multifaceted problem of global importance, and so researchers are tackling it from many different angles. Whitehead Institute Member Mary Gehring is starting to work on ways to engineer crops that can better survive the effects of climate change and continue to produce high yields with high nutritional value.

A good environment for sustainability research: Whitehead Institute scientists work to combat climate change

December 2, 2020

Whitehead Institute primarily focuses on biomedical research, and yet in recent years researchers in several labs here have discovered ways in which their work might contribute to climate resilience and sustainability. Scientists here are applying their skills to problems of climate change and sustainability in medicine, agriculture, and beyond.

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AudioHelicase Special: How researchers at Whitehead Institute are building a more sustainable future

November 30, 2020

In this special episode of AudioHelicase, we’ll hear from researchers at the Institute that are pursuing creative solutions to sustainability that combine a passion for making a difference with boundless curiosity for the living world.

New Whitehead Fellow seeks to harness the immune system to fight pancreatic cancer

November 30, 2020

Tobiloba Oni—a cell biologist whose graduate research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory helped open new paths for understanding, detecting, and potentially treating pancreatic cancer—has been appointed as a Whitehead Fellow.

The bull Y chromosome has evolved to bully its way into gametes

November 18, 2020

Whitehead Institute researchers have sequenced the male-determining chromosome of cattle -- and found evidence of a “selfish” competition between sex chromosomes.  

A research tool of a different color

November 18, 2020

Whitehead Institute Member David Sabatini’s latest in a series of tools to isolate and analyze the contents of specific organelles helps researchers study melanosomes, the structures inside of cells responsible for skin color.

Whitehead alumnus Walter Chen made STAT Wunderkind

November 16, 2020

Walter Chen, former Whitehead Institute graduate student with Member David Sabatini, now in training to become a physician-scientist, has been announced as a 2020 STAT Wunderkind.

A puppeteer holds miRNA molecules on strings.

Regulating the regulators

November 12, 2020

Tiny microRNAs help destroy unwanted messenger RNAs in cells. Here’s how the body keeps them in check.

Music at Whitehead concerts carry on virtually

November 6, 2020

After a brief hiatus, concerts are back and available to a larger audience than ever as livestreamed events online. Learn how to access the last two concerts and sign up for updates.


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