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Harnessing the moonseed plant’s chemical know-how

April 20, 2020

Researchers discover how the vine creates a natural anti-cancer product

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BioGenesis Podcast: Sophia Xu of the Weng lab on modern science and ancient Eastern herbal medicine

April 2, 2020

From MIT Biology and Whitehead Institute: BioGenesis podcast explores the experiences that led affiliated graduate students to pursue research careers

A new approach refining multiple sclerosis genetics hits a nerve

April 1, 2020

Whitehead Institute researchers used a new approach for analyzing genetic risk data and discovered that disease-linked genes cause problems in brain cells that contribute to multiple sclerosis, which had been thought of as a solely autoimmune disease. This information could lead to the development of new therapies for multiple sclerosis, and the approach can be applied to gain insights into other diseases.

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AudioHelicase Special: The Conductors of the Cell’s Symphony

March 17, 2020

This special podcast episode highlights work from Whitehead Institute researchers about the key players in the cell that keeps all the other parts in harmony.

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Pioneering Researcher Jonathan Weissman Joins Whitehead Institute

March 9, 2020

Globally respected cell biologist Jonathan Weissman has become the Institute’s newest Member and will be the inaugural Landon T. Clay Professor of Biology at Whitehead Institute.

Letter from Whitehead Institute Director David Page regarding COVID-19, 3/7

March 9, 2020

An increasing number of cases of COVID-19 are being reported in the US, and locations of global spread continue to change. Although the immediate risk posed to our community remains low at present, Whitehead Institute is implementing the policies listed below effective March 7, 2020 through at least May 15. 

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Founding Member Harvey Lodish Receives the Donald Metcalf Award for Research on Red Blood Cells

March 5, 2020

This  highest award of the International Society for Experimental Hematology honors a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to basic science in the fields of hematology, immunology, stem cell research, and cell and gene therapy. 

Chimeras offer a new way to study childhood cancers in mice

March 4, 2020

By seeding mouse nervous systems with human cells, researchers have created a system to model human neuroblastoma tumors. 

Whitehead Institute in the running for STAT Madness

March 2, 2020

Research on sex differences goes head to head with other discoveries in March Madness-style bracket.

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Multimedia Feature: Unusual labmates: Biology all-stars

February 24, 2020

It's Halloween all year long when you study bat stars. Discover how Whitehead researchers use these brightly-colored creatures to investigate the mysteries of cell division.


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