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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.

Lydia Villa-Komaroff among 50 Most Important Hispanics in Business and Technology

April 22, 2003

Lydia Villa-Komaroff, vice president and chief operating officer for Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, has been selected as one of this country’s most powerful Hispanic executives in technology and business by “Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology” magazine.

Process Triggered by Some Anti-Cancer Drugs Causes Tumors in Mice, Study Finds

April 17, 2003

It is well known that cancers frequently are caused by genetic mutations—random alterations along the long chain of molecules that make up the sequence of an organism's DNA. Two studies published this week in Science now point to another culprit in tumor formation

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Novel Method IDs “Hidden Genes”

April 17, 2003

Once thought to serve only as a bridge between genes and protein production, RNA is quickly shedding its reputation as being all brawn and no brain. RNA’s research renaissance is due in part to the recent discovery of a new class of genes called microRNAs (miRNAs). Rather than code for proteins, miRNAs serve as regulators—genetic trump cards that turn protein-coding genes off.

International Consortium Completes Human Genome Project

April 14, 2003

The International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium, led in the United States by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the Department of Energy (DOE), today announced the successful completion of the Human Genome Project more than two years ahead of schedule.

Whitehead/MIT Genome Center Researchers Assemble Draft Sequence of Aspergillus nidulans

April 9, 2003

The Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research this week announced the public release of a high quality draft genome sequence of Aspergillus nidulans, a mold, or filamentous fungus commonly used in laboratory research to study important questions in genetics and cell biology.

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