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Researchers offer proof-of-concept for Altered Nuclear Transfer

October 17, 2005

Scientists at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research have successfully demonstrated that a theoretical-and controversial-technique for generating embryonic stem cells is indeed possible, at least in mice.

Getting signals straight at Symposium 2005

October 5, 2005

How do organisms carry out signaling between and within their cells? Leading biologists detail their advances in understanding cell circuitry.

Pathogenic fungi reveal new mechanism for evolution

September 29, 2005

Researchers in the laboratory of Whitehead Member Susan Lindquist have identified a key mechanism that enables pathogenic fungi to evolve drug-resistant capabilities with such distressing rapidity.

Leah Cowen awarded Genzyme Fellowship

September 21, 2005

Leah Cowen, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Whitehead Member Susan Lindquist, has been selected by a Whitehead committee to receive the Genzyme Postdoctoral Fellowship at Whitehead Institute.

Thijn Brummelkamp named one of the world's top young innovators by MIT's Technology Review magazine

September 14, 2005

Whitehead Institute Fellow Thijn Brummelkamp has been chosen as one of the world's 35 Top Young Innovators by MIT's Technology Review magazine. The TR35 consists of 35 individuals under 35 years of age whose innovative work in business and technology has a profound impact on the world.

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Researchers discover key to embryonic stem-cell potential

September 8, 2005

Researchers working with human embryonic stem cells have uncovered the process responsible for the single-most tantalizing characteristic of these cells: their ability to become just about any type of cell in the body, a trait known as pluripotency.

Researchers discover why melanoma is so malignant

September 5, 2005

Whitehead researchers discover that, unlike other cancers, melanoma is born with its metastatic engines fully revved.

Human Y chromosome stays intact while chimp Y loses genes

August 31, 2005

The human and the chimpanzee Y chromosomes went their separate ways approximately 6 million years ago. But ever since this evolutionary parting, these two chromosomes have experienced different fates, ne research indicates.

Study yields insights into pathogenic fungi—and beer

August 8, 2005

Chemotherapy or organ transplantation not only take a huge toll on patients, but they can compromise the immune system and leave patients vulnerable to infections from microbes such as pathogenic fungi—the fastest-growing cause of hospital-acquired infections.

New Whitehead scientist uncovers the regenerative secrets of flatworms

July 20, 2005

Chop a planarian flatworm in half and you end up with two healthy, wiggly worms. Unfortunately, not so with a lab mouse or fruit fly. Peter Reddien, who joins the Whitehead faculty as Associate Member this August after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Utah, is determined to find out why.

Whitehead’s Sabatini named “Distinguished Young Scholar” by W.M. Keck Foundation

July 13, 2005

Whitehead Associate Member David Sabatini has been chosen by the W.M. Keck Foundation as one of this year’s grant recipients under the Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research program.

The double life of Christopher Hug

July 6, 2005

Splitting their time between lab and clinic, Whitehead physician-scientists bring research and reassurance to patients.


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