News Archive


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.

Image: Artwork of monkey and rat surrounded by base pairs

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.

Image: Haplotype map of a portion of chromosome 5

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.

Visa denied

December 22, 2004

Tighter visa restrictions are making it harder for foreign researchers to work in the United States. What's the effect on science—and scientists?

Fellows hit the fast track

December 15, 2004

It began as an experiment. Take a young scientist, unproven as an independent researcher, and give her the space, resources and support needed to launch a lab. Challenge her to take a risky project from idea to reality under her own steam. Then, as with any good experiment, examine the results.

David Page selected as interim director of Whitehead Institute

December 10, 2004

The Whitehead Institute Board of Directors has announced that David Page will be the interim director of the Institute, effective this month, December 2004.

Researchers develop prototype for whole genome analysis

December 9, 2004

One of the best ways to discover a gene’s function is to disable it and then see how that affects the cell. But doing this for an entire genome is a complicated process requiring a great deal of time and machinery. Researchers at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, however, have developed a prototype for testing every gene in a whole genome using only four glass slides.

Alex d'Arbeloff named Chair of Whitehead Board of Directors

December 8, 2004

Alex d’Arbeloff has been named Chair of the Board of Directors for Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. d’Arbeloff, former Chair of the MIT Corporation, founder of Teradyne, Inc. and current Professor of the Practice at MIT Sloan School of Management, succeeds Maxine Singer, President Emerita of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Battle over biodefense

December 1, 2004

As the U.S. pumps billions into research on everything from anthrax and plague to military biohazard suits, what's the effect on our science—and our security?

Faster drug screening

November 17, 2004

Finding molecules that can potentially be developed into therapies is a time-consuming, cumbersome process. Now, Whitehead scientists have developed a way to simplify the process so that a library of 5,000 molecular drug candidates can potentially be screened on a single slide.

Life, death and stem cells

November 10, 2004

Both sides of the debate on therapeutic cloning are fighting for life and against death. It's probably the only thing they have in common.

Whitehead Institute receives "History Makers Award"

November 3, 2004

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research will receive the 2004 History Makers Award, presented by the Boston History Collaborative “for pioneering discoveries in biomedical research, including spearheading the Human Genome Project.”


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