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Whitehead Member Iain Cheeseman

AudioHelicase podcast: Iain Cheeseman discusses cell division and what can happen when it goes wrong

May 17, 2018

In this episode of AudioHelicase, Whitehead Institute Member Iain Cheeseman discusses how his work on the kinetochore provides a window into cell division and what happens when this vital cellular function goes awry.

Whitehead Founding Member Gerald Fink

Whitehead Institute Founding Member Gerald Fink Receives Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Killian Award

May 16, 2018

The award, which is among MIT’s highest honors, recognizes Fink’s standing as a scientist who has fundamentally changed the way researchers approach biological problems

Students at Whitehead's spring lecture series

Whitehead Institute’s 2018 spring high school program inspires local students

May 14, 2018

Emerging scientists spend their spring break not at a beach, but at a lab bench

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New single-cell database to propel biological studies

April 19, 2018

Whitehead team analyzes transcriptomes for roughly 70,000 cells in planarians, creates publicly available database to drive research in a variety of organisms and fields

Whitehead Institute BOD chair Charles D. Ellis

Whitehead Institute’s Chair of Board of Directors elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 18, 2018

Charles D. Ellis joins five Whitehead faculty who hold membership

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Study suggests perioperative NSAIDs may prevent early metastatic relapse in post-surgical breast cancer patients

April 11, 2018

Mouse study links early metastasis to systemic inflammation caused by wound healing

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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.

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Structure of key growth regulator revealed

March 28, 2018

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

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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.


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