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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.”

Joon-Ho Sheen receives grant from U.S. Department of Defense

October 27, 2004

The United States Department of Defense has awarded a $296,568 grant to Joon-Ho Sheen, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Whitehead Institute Associate Member David Sabatini.

Whitehead launches enhanced website

October 27, 2004

Whitehead Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its new public website. A major goal of the redesign was to create an attractive, user-friendly site while adhering to web standards to increase accessibility and to streamline site maintenance.

Konrad Hochedlinger awarded Genzyme Fellowship

October 20, 2004

Konrad Hochedlinger, a postdoctoral associate in the lab of Whitehead Member Rudolf Jaenisch, has been selected by a Whitehead committee to receive the Genzyme Postdoctoral Fellowship at Whitehead Institute.

Role models

October 6, 2004

When genes work, they stick around. And so do many of the biological processes they create. As Whitehead Member Hazel Sive put it, kicking off Whitehead Symposium XXII—Disease, Development and Darwin—the process of evolution “conserves circuitry.”

The changing face of biology

September 29, 2004

A fruit fly lab hooked Kim Dej on genetics. A professor hooked her on a career. Dej was a senior at the University of Toronto when she signed up for her first genetics course. Fascinated by the science behind breeding flies to study genetic abnormalities, Dej embarked on a path that eventually led her to Whitehead Institute.


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