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Postdoctoral Associate Wins Damon Runyon Fellowship Award

July 29, 2003

David Guertin, a postdoctoral associate in the Sabatini lab, received the distinguished Damon Runyon Fellowship Award from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

Studies Shed Light on Gene Response to Bacterial Infections

July 24, 2003

Making a medical diagnosis today often relies on symptomology, bacterial cultures, stain tests, experience – and luck. But new research by systems biologists at Whitehead aims to offer physicians new diagnostic tools by uncovering important differences in the way immune cells respond to bacteria.

Faulty Reprogramming Likely Culprit behind Cloning Failures, Review Finds

July 16, 2003

Faulty reprogramming of the genome is most likely the culprit behind abnormalities common in cloned animals, according to a review article in the July 17 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers Zero in on New Drug Combination Strategy

July 15, 2003

The magic-bullet approach to drug discovery has fallen short in treating the majority of human ailments. Doctors often rely instead on combination therapies that harness the power of multiple drugs. Researchers recently reported the development of the first systematic approach to screen for novel combination drugs, identifying several new pairings with significant therapeutic promise.

Philanthropists Eli & Edythe Broad of Los Angeles Give $100M to Create Institute with MIT, Harvard, and Whitehead to Fulfill Genome’s Promise for Medicine

June 19, 2003

In an unprecedented alliance, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Whitehead Institute announced today they have joined forces with Los Angeles philanthropists Eli and Edythe L. Broad to create a new type of biomedical research institute, aimed at realizing the promise of the human genome to revolutionize clinical medicine and to make knowledge freely available to scientists around the world.

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Rumors of Male Chromosome's Demise Greatly Exaggerated, Study Finds

June 18, 2003

In the biological battle between the sexes, the Y chromosome has suffered defeat after defeat. The male-determining chromosome has seen its gene supply shrink from more than 1,000 genes when sex chromosomes first evolved, to what scientists once thought was only a handful of genes, a downward trend predicted to continue until the Y disappeared altogether.

Industry Handoff Furthers Discovery

May 22, 2003

Scientist David Sabatini was studying a group of proteins that control cell growth, when he hit a roadblock. So, Sabatini did what many creative scientists do when faced with such a dilemma: He invented a new technique to solve his problem.

Pathogenic Yeasts and Fungi: A Growing Health Concern

May 13, 2003

When a few weeds appear on your front lawn, you can easily pick them off one by one. But if they start taking over the yard, the picking becomes laborious, and you may need to turn to a chemical weed-killer to hold the invaders in check. After several applications of the herbicide, however, the weeds could become resistant, forcing you to use an even more powerful solution. Meanwhile, the survival of your lawn hangs in the balance.

Whitehead Director, Former Director Elected to American Philosophical Society

May 8, 2003

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research Director Susan Lindquist and Whitehead Founding Member and former director Gerald Fink have been elected to the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States devoted to the advancement of scientific and scholarly inquiry.

Massachusetts Legislators Consider Bill on Stem Cell Research

May 7, 2003

Researchers at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research testified on Beacon Hill last week in support of a bill that would promote stem cell research in the Commonwealth. The bill, which mirrors a similar measure passed in California last year, would give a government seal of approval to embryonic stem (ES) cell research.

Jaenisch Named to National Academy of Sciences

April 29, 2003

Founding Whitehead Institute Member Rudolf Jaenisch is one of 72 new members of the National Academy of Sciences elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Illustration showing the many factors impacting the protein complex (Raptor, mTOR and GßL) that orchestrates cell growth.

Researchers Find New Piece of Cell Growth Puzzle

April 29, 2003

Spurred by the discover of a cellular pathway that helps switch cell growth on and off, new research links growth to a cell's ability to sense nutrients in its environments.

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