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New Program Interrogates Gene Pathways

November 13, 2003

Any criminologist will tell you that witnesses, even the best intentioned, don’t always get it right. New software promises to do for biology what any criminal investigator would do at a crime scene: cross-examine witnesses until a single, coherent account of the event emerges.

Study Identifies Potential New Source for Adult Stem Cells

November 13, 2003

In research reported in the online version of the journal Blood, Whitehead scientists report the discovery of a new blood stem cell growth factor. This discovery provides a new tool that allows researchers to multiply blood stem cells in culture for potential therapeutic use.

Cholesterol Lowering Gene Increases Longevity

November 11, 2003

For years scientists have suspected that both longevity and low cholesterol are closely linked to genetics. This suspicion proves accurate in a new study to be published this week online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which shows genetic variation in a gene known for playing a key role in lipoprotein production also appears to be significantly overrepresented in centenarians.

Scientists Work to Break Cellular Code

November 6, 2003

Despite the rich knowledge scientists now have of the genes that constitute the human genome, researchers have yet to unravel the precise choreography by which they work – or malfunction – together in the cell in response to triggers from the outside world.

Photo Exhibit Featuring Revolutionary Figures Includes Whitehead Scientists

November 4, 2003

A new photography exhibit recognizing leaders in science, the arts, politics and society includes images of Whitehead scientists Rudolf Jaenisch and Eric Lander. “Something Better Change,” an exhibit by Cambridge-based photographer John Nikolai, opens Nov. 4 at the Zeitgeist Gallery.

Study Offers New Insight into Rett Syndrome

October 30, 2003

Rett Syndrome is a major cause of mental retardation in girls. Although researchers have identified the protein involved in the disease, its exact role remains a mystery. Now, a group of researchers from Children’s Hospital Boston and Whitehead Institute have identified the protein’s function, a discovery the scientists say could be the first significant advance in Rett Syndrome research in years.

With Respect and Conscience

October 23, 2003

In the heated debate over human embryo stem cell research, voices become muddled and motivations misunderstood. Scientist Willy Lensch is among those speaking out in support of this research. His reasons are complex, he says, but his cause is clear.

Lydia Villa-Komaroff among 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America

October 16, 2003

Whitehead Institute’s Vice President for Research and Chief Operating Officer Lydia Villa-Komaroff has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America by Hispanic Business Magazine.

New Protein Provides Clue to Diabetes

October 15, 2003

Although cases of adult-onset diabetes have skyrocketed in the United States, researchers still don’t know much about the biological processes that predispose so many people to the disease. But in research that will be published in the Oct. 16 issue of the journal Nature, scientists say they’ve found a protein that plays an essential role in regulating a cell’s ability to absorb glucose.

New Computer Method Advances Systems Biology

October 14, 2003

A team of researchers from Whitehead Institute and MIT have developed a new computational method that will give a boost to the field of systems biology.

Committee Recommends Balanced Approach to Bioterrorism Threats

October 9, 2003

Research in the life sciences has fueled advances that have fostered gains inpublic health and in the development of detection methods to improve America’s defenses against biological threats. But some of the technologies that lead to medical benefits also could be used to create biological weapons.

New Magazine to Explore Findings and Impact of Life Sciences Research

October 7, 2003

The world of life sciences research has changed a great deal in recent decades. Advances in technology and biology have enabled scientists to pose questions they never before dreamed they might be able to ask — or answer.

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