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Multimedia Feature: Looking Beyond the Gene

September 30, 2019

Beyond the Gene is a collection of pieces across storytelling mediums--text, audio, and video--that together paint a picture of how current research at Whitehead Institute is expanding the understanding of gene regulation.

Alicia Zamudio, a graduate student in Whitehead Institute Member Richard Young's lab

BioGenesis Podcast: Alicia Zamudio of the Young lab on Changing Majors and Exploring Transcription

September 25, 2019

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

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Signaling factor seeking gene

September 25, 2019

Whitehead Institute researchers have discovered that particular signaling pathways, which transmit environmental cues and effect changes in gene expression, rely on phase-separated condensates to find, occupy, and activate the right genes in each cell type

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


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