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Whitehead Member named a 2013 Franklin Institute Laureate

October 22, 2012

The Franklin Institute of Philadelphia today named Whitehead Institute Founding Member Rudolf Jaenisch one of eight 2013 Laureates—esteemed individuals honored for their pioneering achievements in science, technology, and business leadership.

New video depicts human migration across generations

October 18, 2012

A new video created by Whitehead Institute in collaboration with the genealogical website Geni.com shows the births of millions people, from the Middle Ages through the early 20th Century, as single dots on a black background.

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Whitehead Members to help establish international stem cell research center

October 1, 2012

Three Members of the Whitehead Institute faculty are poised to play significant roles in the establishment of a new stem cell research center based at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skolkovo Tech) in suburban Moscow.

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Whitehead Fellow receives prestigious NIH Early Independence Award

September 28, 2012

Whitehead Fellow Gabriel Victora has been named a recipient of a 2012 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Early Independence Award, aimed at accelerating the careers of exceptionally creative junior scientists.

Aggressive cancer exploits MYC oncogene to amplify global gene activity

September 27, 2012

Whitehead Institute researchers have determined the mechanism used by c-Myc to increase the expression of all active genes in cancer cells. Elevated levels of c-Myc are linked to increased rates of metastasis, disease recurrence, and mortality in cancer patients. Guided by this new model, researchers hope to find ways to restrict c-Myc's activity to eradicate cancer cells that become dependent on c-Myc for their survival.

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Whitehead scientists bring new efficiency to stem cell reprogramming

September 13, 2012

New genetic markers identified by researchers at Whitehead Institute and MIT could help make the process for reprogramming regular body cells into pluripotent stem cells more efficient, allowing scientists to predict which treated cells will successfully become pluripotent.

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Whitehead Member to receive NIH grant for "high-risk, high-reward" research

September 13, 2012

Whitehead Institute Member Hidde Ploegh has been named a recipient of a 2012 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer Award, intended to accelerate the pursuit of potentially groundbreaking research.

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Whitehead Member Mary Gehring receives prestigious young investigator award

September 6, 2012

Whitehead Member Mary Gehring has been selected as a recipient of the Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award, funded by The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation and administered by a joint committee appointed by the Genetics Society of America and the American Society of Human Genetics.

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Scientists create germ cell-supporting embryonic Sertoli-like cells from skin cells

September 6, 2012

Using a stepwise trans-differentiation process, Whitehead Institute researchers have turned skin cells into embryonic Sertoli-like cells.

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Protein found to regulate red blood cell size and number

August 28, 2012

By examining the results of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in conjunction with experiments on mouse and human red blood cells (RBCs), researchers in the lab of Whitehead Institute Founding Member Harvey Lodish have identified the protein cyclin D3 as regulating the number of cell divisions RBC progenitors undergo, which ultimately affects the resulting size and quantity of RBCs.

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Heat-shock factor reveals its unique role in supporting highly malignant cancers

August 2, 2012

Whitehead Institute researchers have found that an ancient, highly conserved cell survival factor drives expression of a specific set of genes that is strongly associated with metastasis and death in patients with breast, colon, and lung cancers.

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