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Pollen grains

A tough case cracked

December 17, 2018

The detailed molecular structure of the inert plant material sporopollenin — key for the emergence of land plants — has been resolved

David Meeker speaks at Whitehead Connects

Video: Whitehead Connects - An Evening with David Meeker

December 10, 2018

During this Whitehead Connects presentation, David Meeker discusses innovation and biopharmaceutical pricing. 

Uncovering the “must-haves” of tissue regeneration

November 27, 2018

Biological program triggered by large injuries not required for regeneration, Whitehead Institute team finds

Slide of a plant embryo

Plant characteristics shaped by parental conflict

November 19, 2018

Differences in common traits within a plant species, such as seed size, can be determined by more than gene sequence.

Postdoctoral researchers Anna Boija and Isaac Klein from Whitehead Institute Member Richard Young's lab

Video: New way that transcription factors and co-activators can interact and activate transcription

November 15, 2018

Postdoctoral researchers Anna Boija and Isaac Klein from Whitehead Institute Member Richard Young's lab identified a new way that transcription factors and co-activators can interact and activate transcription. The activation domain of transcription factors sets up the formation of a liquid droplet on the genome containing key factors involved in regulating transcription.

Illustration of observatory focused on DNA constellation

Activating a new understanding of gene regulation

November 15, 2018

A previously mysterious part of transcription factors, the activation domain, plays a key role in forming phase separated "droplets" that concentrate proteins required for transcription near genes

Whitehead Fellow Olivia Corradin

Video: Bold Science, Brilliant Minds - Whitehead Institute's New Generation

November 8, 2018

Some of the newest and brightest at Whitehead Institute discuss their current research and the future of science.

Image of goji berries

Heart-healthy plant chemistry

October 29, 2018

A novel genomic approach helps identify medicinal compounds in plants.

Whitehead Member David Bartel attending a lecture during his lab's 25th reunion

A Long Legacy in RNA Discovery

October 25, 2018

Celebrating 25 Years of David Bartel’s Lab at Whitehead Institute

Richard Foster speaks at Whitehead Connects

Video: Whitehead Connects - "Creative Destruction" with Richard Foster

October 17, 2018

Richard Foster discusses "Creative Destruction" at Whitehead Institute. 

Firefly on leaf; Radim Schreiber - FireflyExperience.org

How many evolutionary events can it take to screw in nature’s lightbulb?

October 16, 2018

Firefly genomics reveals independent evolution of bioluminescence in beetles

Illustration of a hand assembling a brain jigsaw puzzle

Only in your head

October 9, 2018

Researchers uncover how a ubiquitously expressed mutation causes a brain-specific disorder.

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