News Archive


Kava plants

Multimedia Feature: Uncovering nature’s riches

April 10, 2018

Merging the wisdom of traditional global medicine with modern approaches

Whitehead Fellow Silvi Rouskin

Silvi Rouskin: Exploring Life’s Non-Linear Paths

April 6, 2018

Silvi Rouskin, a Whitehead Fellow who studies RNA structure and its implications for health and disease, has been called by her colleagues fearless, relentless, fiercely independent and—if she’d started from a different place—perhaps smarts and curiosity alone would have let her follow a straight path to her goal.

Image of GATOR1 structure

Structure of key growth regulator revealed

March 28, 2018

Researchers solve molecular structure of GATOR1 complex using cryo-electron microscopy

Image of mouse pancreas with engrafted human beta cells

Novel human/mouse model could boost type 1 diabetes research

March 23, 2018

Researchers at Whitehead Institute have developed a novel platform with human beta cells that could allow scientists to better understand the mechanisms underlying type 1 diabetes and what provokes it.

Whitehead Member Mary Gehring

AudioHelicase podcast: Whitehead's Mary Gehring discusses how gene regulation can be passed from one generation to the next

March 20, 2018

In this episode of AudioHelicase, Whitehead Institute Member Mary Gehring discusses how her research on the plant Arabidopsis thaliana reveals how gene regulation can be passed from one generation to the next.

Three-eyed planarians

A Blueprint for Regeneration

March 15, 2018

Researchers at Whitehead Institute have uncovered a framework for regeneration that may explain and predict how stem cells in adult, regenerating tissue determine where to form replacement structures.

Microscope image of Toxoplasma parasites

A Vision for Science

March 9, 2018

A postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Whitehead Member Sebastian Lourido wins Koch Institute Image Award

Fluorescently-tagged IAPP oligomers can be seen trafficking through yeast cells

Toxic proteins and type 2 diabetes

March 8, 2018

New study in yeast implicates a molecular de-clogger in disease biology

Whitehead Founding Member Rudolf Jaenisch and Whitehead Member Richard Young

Rudolf Jaenisch and Richard Young - Adventuring, in Science and the World

February 27, 2018

Though born half-a-world apart—Jaenisch in Wölfelsgrund, Germany; Young in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—the two have collaborated virtually since each arrived at Whitehead in 1984, leveraging shared passions for discovery research and for exploring the Earth’s least-travelled paths. 

Illustration of scientist looking at a neuron

Fragile X syndrome neurons restored using CRISPR/Cas9-guided activation strategy

February 15, 2018

Fragile X syndrome is the most frequent cause of intellectual disability in males, affecting 1 out of 3600 boys born. For the first time, researchers at Whitehead Institute have restored activity to the fragile X syndrome gene in affected neurons using a modified CRISPR/Cas9 system they developed.

AudioHelicase podcast: Whitehead's Robert Weinberg on cancer research's past, present, and future

January 22, 2018

From his discovery of the first oncogene and tumor suppressor, to his work revealing critical aspects of the mutational basis of cancer, and more recently its metastatic behavior, Whitehead Founding Member Robert Weinberg’s work has been foundational in our understanding of cancer biology.

Image of fish and RNA hairpins

Pairing mismatch helps impaired fish RNA cleavage proceed swimmingly

December 21, 2017

Researchers at Whitehead Institute have uncovered how small changes in the fish Argonaute (Ago) protein, an RNA slicing protein, that happened in its lineage an estimated 300 million years ago greatly diminished the efficiency of RNAi in these animals, while another ancestral feature, in a critical pre-microRNA, was retained that enabled the microRNA to still be produced despite the fish’s impaired Ago protein.


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