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Whitehead Institute Director-Elect Ruth Lehmann

Ruth Lehmann Elected as Director of Whitehead Institute

September 19, 2019

Lehmann, a world renowned developmental and cell biology researcher, will be Whitehead Institute’s fifth Director. 

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BioGenesis podcast: Kwadwo Owusu-Boaitey of the Reddien lab on Pursuing an MD/PHD and Planarian Regeneration

September 18, 2019

A new podcast from MIT Biology and Whitehead Institute explores the experiences that led affiliated graduate students to pursue research careers


September 4, 2019

Whitehead Institute Members Pulin Li and Ankur Jain are pursuing exciting new research directions, expanding the scope of science at the Institute

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Multimedia Feature: Unusual labmates: Lighting up the lab

August 27, 2019

As autumn draws near and memories of sticky summer nights lit by twinkling fireflies fade, discover how Whitehead Institute researchers rear these fascinating creatures in the lab and what researchers hope to learn from investigating their biology

David H. Koch

In Memoriam, David H. Koch, Former Member of the Whitehead Institute Board of Directors

August 23, 2019

David H. Koch, former member of the Whitehead Institute Board of Directors and prominent philanthropist has passed away

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To divide or not to divide?

August 15, 2019

Whitehead Institute team reveals molecular program that controls cells’ capacity for division

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An emerging view of RNA transcription and splicing

August 7, 2019

Whitehead Institute scientists discover that chemical modification contributes to trafficking between non-membrane-bound compartments that control gene expression

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Meet the Scientists Keeping Whitehead Institute’s Core Facilities Thriving

August 2, 2019

From genomics to electron microscopy, the Institute’s core facilities scientists excel in enabling world-class research.

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Speeding up drug discovery for brain diseases

July 31, 2019

Whitehead Institute team finds drugs that activate a key brain gene; initial tests in cells and mice show promise for rare, untreatable neurodevelopmental disorder

Kava plants

Multi “-omics” approach uncovers the riches of traditional global medicine

July 22, 2019

Researchers solve how the kava plant produces its pain-relieving and anti-anxiety molecules, and demonstrate an extensible method to scale and optimize their production

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Genetic study takes sex differences research to new heights

July 18, 2019

Researchers find differences in gene expression between males and females throughout the body in humans and other mammals, including ones that contribute to the average height difference between the sexes

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The science of self-repair: regeneration research at Whitehead Institute

June 17, 2019

Researchers at Whitehead Institute are uncovering the underlying genetics, mechanisms, and principles of regeneration. 


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