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Villa-Komaroff Named to TKT Board of Directors

December 2, 2003

Lydia Villa-Komaroff, chief operating officer and vice president for research at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, has been named to the board of directors for Transkaryotic Therapies, Inc. (TKT), a Cambridge-based biopharmaceutical company.

Drivers of Discovery

November 25, 2003

A national report says postdoctoral researchers are "indispensable" to the advancement of science, a fact often overlooked by institutions and funding agencies. Now postdocs are pushing for change. And people are listening.

7 Million Letters and Counting

November 20, 2003

Almost 150 different genomes have been sequenced to date, including the human genome. But sequencing needs are growing faster than ever. This fall, researchers at Whitehead Institute will test new technology to speed genome sequencing.

Scientists Identify Dual Function for “Eyes absent”

November 19, 2003

Scientists know that proteins called transcription factors that regulate gene expression play a key role in cellular function. But what if that’s only part of the story? What if these regulators lead a double life no one knew before?

Whitehead Researchers Recognized for Scientific Contributions

November 18, 2003

The American Society of Human Genetics presented awards to Whitehead Member David Page and former graduate student Sjoerd Repping during its 53rd annual meeting, held recently in Los Angeles.

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.

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.

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.

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