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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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The Y Chromosome: Holding steadfast in a sea of change

August 2, 2018

The lab of Whitehead Member David Page has examined a series of regions on the Y chromosome called amplicons.

Tom Achoki speaks with MIT professor Andrew Lo and Whitehead Founding Member Harvey Lodish

A Cross-Disciplinary Course on Biotech’s “Valley of Death”

July 16, 2018

Whitehead Member Harvey Lodish and MIT Professor Andrew W. Lo have created and taught a new interdisciplinary course designed to draw students from multiple backgrounds, including business management and finance, bioengineering and life sciences, healthcare, and public policy.

Naama Kanarek, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Whitehead Member David Sabatini

Video: How to boost the efficacy of the chemotherapy drug methotrexate

July 11, 2018

Naama Kanarek, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Whitehead Member David Sabatini, explains how new genetic tools are allowing insights into the sensitivity of cancer cells to methotrexate.

Naama Kanarek, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Whitehead Member David Sabatini

Video: Reducing the toxicity of the chemotherapy drug methotrexate

July 11, 2018

Naama Kanarek, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Whitehead Member David Sabatini, discusses some of the challenges of methotrexate chemotherapy treatment and how research might help address these challenges.

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