News Archive


Whitehead Member Richard Young elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 1, 2012

The National Academy of Sciences announced today that Whitehead Institute’s Richard Young is among 84 new Academy members elected in recognition of distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

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lobSTR algorithm rolls DNA fingerprinting into 21st Century

April 27, 2012

Whitehead Institute researchers have created a three-step algorithm, lobSTR, that in one day accurately and simultaneously profiles more than 100,000 short tandem repeats (STRs) in one human genome sequence—a feat that previous systems could never complete.

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Once again, Whitehead Institute is the best place for postdocs

March 29, 2012

For the second year in a row, Whitehead Institute has been dubbed the best place in the United States for postdoctoral researchers to work. The honor was bestowed by The Scientist magazine, which conducts an annual survey of postdocs at research institutions internationally.

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On the path to age-defying therapies

March 29, 2012

By teasing apart rapamycin’s activity at the cellular level, researchers at Whitehead Institute and the University of Pennsylvania have determined that inhibiting only the protein cluster known as the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) prolongs life in mice without adversely affecting glucose tolerance or insulin sensitivity.

Whitehead Director talks Y chromosome with Stephen Colbert

March 27, 2012

Whitehead Institute Director David Page appeared last night on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report to engage in a little lively banter about the future of the human Y chromosome.

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Whitehead Member Robert Weinberg honored for cancer genetics research

March 23, 2012

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) reported today that Whitehead Institute Founding Member Robert Weinberg is the 2012 Recipient of the Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research.

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Planarian genes that control stem cell biology identified

March 1, 2012

Despite their unassuming appearance, the planarian flatworms in Whitehead Institute Member Peter Reddien's lab are revealing powerful new insights into the biology of stem cells—insights that may eventually help such cells deliver on a promising role in regenerative medicine.

Prominent stem cell group honors Whitehead Member Rudolf Jaenisch

February 24, 2012

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) has named Whitehead Institute Founding Member Rudolf Jaenisch the winner of the 2012 McEwen Award for Innovation.

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Theory of the "rotting" Y chromosome dealt a fatal blow

February 22, 2012

Research on the evolution of the human Y chromosome confirms that the Y—despite arguments to the contrary—has a long, healthy future ahead of it.

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In Memoriam: John Pratt

February 19, 2012

The entire Whitehead Institute community is profoundly saddened by news of Friday night's passing of John Pratt, the Institute’s former Associate Director and a central figure in establishing what would become one of the world’s preeminent biomedical research institutions.

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Prions play powerful role in the survival and evolution of wild yeast strains

February 15, 2012

In a massive undertaking, Whitehead Institute scientists have tested nearly 700 wild yeast strains isolated from diverse environments for the presence of known and unknown prion elements, finding them in one third of all strains. All the prions appear capable of creating diverse new traits, nearly half of which are beneficial.

Noncoding RNAs alter yeast phenotypes in a site-specific manner

February 14, 2012

A team of scientists from Whitehead Institute and other institutions has shown for the first time how two long intergenic noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) in brewer’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) contribute to a location-dependent switch for the yeast FLO11 gene to toggle between active and inactive states.


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