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Cancer exploits the body's wound-healing process, study finds

May 5, 2005

Scientists have known for the last decade that a link exists between wound healing and cancer. Now scientists in the lab of Whitehead Institute Member Robert Weinberg have discovered the process by which tumors hijack normal wound-healing processes and use them for their own purposes.

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Whitehead Interim Director David Page named to National Academy of Sciences

May 4, 2005

Whitehead Institute Interim Director David Page is one of 72 new members of the National Academy of Sciences elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

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When cells divide

April 27, 2005

Cells are dividing all the time, and that’s a good thing. If they didn’t, our tissue and organs couldn’t replenish themselves, and pretty soon we’d be done for. But when cell division goes wrong, it can have disastrous results, such as cancer and birth defects. Scientists in the lab of Whitehead Member Terry Orr-Weaver have uncovered one of the primary mechanisms governing cell division.

Hidde Ploegh joins Whitehead Institute faculty

March 30, 2005

Molecular biologist Hidde Ploegh has just been appointed to the faculty of Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.

David Bartel wins HHMI appointment

March 22, 2005

2005 is off to a good start for Whitehead Member David Bartel. In January, he and his colleagues published a landmark paper in the journal Cell. A week later he was honored with the National Academy of Science's prestigious Award in Molecular Biology. And in March, Bartel was appointed Investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

RNAi Consortium to accelerate genetic research

March 16, 2005

Whitehead Institute has joined ten other leading biomedical organizations in an $18 million, three-year public-private consortium that will create a comprehensive library of gene inhibitors to be made available to the entire scientific community.

Whitehead Board of Directors Member Bob Langer named MIT Institute Professor

March 3, 2005

Robert S. Langer, the Germeshausen Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, has been named Institute Professor, the highest honor awarded by the MIT faculty and administration.

Researchers identify target for cancer drugs

February 14, 2005

For nearly a decade, scientists have been trying to fully understand a particular communication pathway inside of cells that contributes to many malignant brain and prostate cancers.

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David Bartel receives NAS Award in Molecular Biology

January 27, 2005

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences has recognized the work of Whitehead Member and MIT Professor of Biology David Bartel by presenting him the NAS Award in Molecular Biology. Each year a medal and a prize of $25,000 goes to a young scientist for a recent notable discovery in molecular biology.

One-third of human genome regulated by RNA

January 14, 2005

Researchers from Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered that a kind of RNA molecule called microRNA regulates more than 5,300 human genes, or nearly one-third of the genome’s protein coding regions.

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The genome club

January 12, 2005

A growing list of mammals is joining humans, mice, and chimpanzees in the exclusive club of those whose whole genome has been sequenced—giving complete and matching sets of each animal's DNA, and offering researchers the opportunity to rebuild biology and medicine from the ground up.

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Of peas and patterns

January 5, 2005

In the 19th century, mathematical formulas didn’t figure much into biology. But when Austrian monk Gregor Mendel crossed and counted his round and wrinkled peas, he found something unexpected: a pattern.

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