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Role models

October 6, 2004

When genes work, they stick around. And so do many of the biological processes they create. As Whitehead Member Hazel Sive put it, kicking off Whitehead Symposium XXII—Disease, Development and Darwin—the process of evolution “conserves circuitry.”

The changing face of biology

September 29, 2004

A fruit fly lab hooked Kim Dej on genetics. A professor hooked her on a career. Dej was a senior at the University of Toronto when she signed up for her first genetics course. Fascinated by the science behind breeding flies to study genetic abnormalities, Dej embarked on a path that eventually led her to Whitehead Institute.

Drug hunters

September 22, 2004

Ask Microbia CEO Peter Hecht if drug discovery is an art or science, and he’ll likely tell you that it’s both. Reflecting on the company’s short—yet remarkably productive—history, the former Whitehead postdoc is quick to attribute Microbia’s success to a convergence of science, people, and passion.

Statement of the Whitehead Institute Board of Directors

September 16, 2004

Dr. Susan Lindquist announced today that her service as President of the Whitehead Institute will end on or about November 1, 2004. Her announcement has been accepted with extreme regret by the Board of Directors.

Emerald City: How a jellyfish helped advance science

September 15, 2004

Salmon fishermen trolling along the waters off Puget Sound in Washington are often witness to an awesome sight when they haul in their catch: salmon captured in nets that glow brilliantly against the nighttime sky.

Sperm cells “spring” into action

September 8, 2004

Scientists have identified a surprising mechanical means by which cells store and release energy, a tightly wound jack-in-the-box mechanism rather than the chemical storehouse cells are known to use.

Researchers identify the genome’s controlling elements

September 1, 2004

Using yeast as a testing ground, Whitehead researchers have for the first time revealed all the “controlling elements” of an entire genome—findings that may soon contribute to a new way of understanding human health and disease.

Rett Syndrome Research Foundation commits funding to support Matthew Tudor

August 25, 2004

Matthew Tudor, postdoc in the lab of Whitehead Founding Member Rudolf Jaenisch, is among 15 awardees of research and education suport from The Rett Syndrome Research Foundation (RSRF) for 2004.

Prions act as stepping stones in evolution

August 18, 2004

When a protein misfolds, the results can be disastrous. An incorrect change in the molecule’s shape can lead to diseases including Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s. But scientists have discovered that misfolded proteins can have a positive side in yeast.

Protein targeted by drug developers not open and shut case

August 11, 2004

Discovery of the mTOR protein and the role it plays in cell growth, a process often linked to diseases such as cancer, was part serendipity and part good detective work. And like any good whodunit, the mTOR story wouldn’t be complete without an unexpected twist.

Malignant cancer cells generate mice through cloning

August 8, 2004

Nature can reset the clock in certain types of cancer and reverse many of the elements responsible for causing malignancy, reports a research team led by Whitehead Institute Member Rudolf Jaenisch, in collaboration with Lynda Chin from Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The team demonstrated this by successfully cloning mice from an advanced melanoma cell.

Susan Lindquist elected to Germany’s top scientific academy

July 28, 2004

Whitehead Institute Director Susan Lindquist has been elected a member of Deutsche Akademie Der Naturforscher Leopoldina, the oldest scientific academy in Germany.

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