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Uncovering the “must-haves” of tissue regeneration

November 27, 2018

Biological program triggered by large injuries not required for regeneration, Whitehead Institute team finds

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Plant characteristics shaped by parental conflict

November 19, 2018

Differences in common traits within a plant species, such as seed size, can be determined by more than gene sequence.

Postdoctoral researchers Anna Boija and Isaac Klein from Whitehead Institute Member Richard Young's lab

Video: New way that transcription factors and co-activators can interact and activate transcription

November 15, 2018

Postdoctoral researchers Anna Boija and Isaac Klein from Whitehead Institute Member Richard Young's lab identified a new way that transcription factors and co-activators can interact and activate transcription. The activation domain of transcription factors sets up the formation of a liquid droplet on the genome containing key factors involved in regulating transcription.

Illustration of observatory focused on DNA constellation

Activating a new understanding of gene regulation

November 15, 2018

A previously mysterious part of transcription factors, the activation domain, plays a key role in forming phase separated "droplets" that concentrate proteins required for transcription near genes

Image of goji berries

Heart-healthy plant chemistry

October 29, 2018

A novel genomic approach helps identify medicinal compounds in plants.

Whitehead Member David Bartel attending a lecture during his lab's 25th reunion

A Long Legacy in RNA Discovery

October 25, 2018

Celebrating 25 Years of David Bartel’s Lab at Whitehead Institute

Firefly on leaf; Radim Schreiber - FireflyExperience.org

How many evolutionary events can it take to screw in nature’s lightbulb?

October 16, 2018

Firefly genomics reveals independent evolution of bioluminescence in beetles

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Only in your head

October 9, 2018

Researchers uncover how a ubiquitously expressed mutation causes a brain-specific disorder.

Whitehead Fellow Kristin Knouse

Knouse earns coveted research award

October 2, 2018

Whitehead Fellow Kristin Knouse has received an NIH Director’s Early Independence Award. The award—part of the National Institute of Health (NIH) High-Risk, High-Reward Research program—was established in 2010 to enable exceptional junior scientists to move immediately into independent research positions. 

Toxoplasma gondii parasites

Parasite’s riff on essential enzyme highlights unique biology

September 18, 2018

In the apicomplexan parasite Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondiiWhitehead Member Sebastian Lourido studies, he has identified key components of the ATP synthase which differ from that of humans. These differences underscore the unique biology of T. gondii and highlight the dissimilarities between them and their human hosts.    

Postdoc Jarrett Smith

Jarrett Smith receives Hanna Gray Fellowship from HHMI

September 12, 2018

Whitehead Institute postdoc receives Hannah Gray Fellowship from Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Teachers and partners at Whitehead Institute's teacher program dinner

Teaching Teachers: Whitehead Institute Program Bridges the Gap Between the Lab and the Classroom

August 8, 2018

Whitehead Institute's monthly teacher series, which features the top minds in biomedical research speaking about their groundbreaking work, strives to inspire, educate, and empower high school biology instructors from the Greater Boston area.

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