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Tiny green HIV viruses surround a pink blood cell.

HIV genome bends over backwards to help virus take over cells

May 6, 2020

Differently shaped RNA molecules allow HIV to express different genes from the same RNA sequence

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BioGenesis Podcast: Avi Singer of the Keating lab on the consequences of small chemical changes

May 5, 2020

Graduate student Avi Singer of the Keating lab applies chemistry to biological problems, collaborating with computational biologists to explore how even small chemical changes to our body’s building blocks can have far-reaching consequences.

Making medicine runs in the family

May 5, 2020

A family of enzymes in plants plays an important role in the production of many medicines. Whitehead Institute researchers discovered how the enzymes in this family diversified to produce so many different molecules, and demonstrated how this knowledge could be used to engineer novel plant-based medicines.

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Beyond the Lab Bench: A Look at the Traditions That Make Whitehead Institute Unique

April 30, 2020

On the 4th floor of Whitehead Institute, scientists have found a unique way to cope with the rainy period of early spring — a competition where teams of eight try to exercise the most minutes. And it has helped a sizable part of the Whitehead community cope with social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How labs are weathering the lockdown

April 27, 2020

Labs are off-limits for most during the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what Whitehead Institute scientists are doing to advance basic research, share their knowledge, and keep up morale in unprecedented times.

A split image shows healthy and diseased airway cilia side by side. The healthy cilia are well-defined, the diseased look a little shapeless and stuck together.

From bedside to bench, and back again

April 22, 2020

A mysterious case in the clinic led Whitehead Institute researchers to discover a new genetic lung condition

Harnessing the moonseed plant’s chemical know-how

April 20, 2020

Researchers discover how the vine creates a natural anti-cancer product

Head and shoulders photo of Sophia Xu with the BioGenesis logo.

BioGenesis Podcast: Sophia Xu of the Weng lab on modern science and ancient Eastern herbal medicine

April 2, 2020

In the first episode of Season 2, we meet Sophia Xu, a graduate student in Jing-Ke Weng’s lab at Whitehead Institute, whose research explores the convergence of modern scientific methods and ancient Eastern herbal remedies.

A new approach refining multiple sclerosis genetics hits a nerve

April 1, 2020

Whitehead Institute researchers used a new approach for analyzing genetic risk data and discovered that disease-linked genes cause problems in brain cells that contribute to multiple sclerosis, which had been thought of as a solely autoimmune disease. This information could lead to the development of new therapies for multiple sclerosis, and the approach can be applied to gain insights into other diseases.

An illustration shows a hand holding a cell.

AudioHelicase Special: The Conductors of the Cell’s Symphony

March 17, 2020

This special podcast episode highlights work from Whitehead Institute researchers about the key players in the cell that keeps all the other parts in harmony.


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