Tag: Weng Lab

Making medicine runs in the family

May 5, 2020

A family of enzymes in plants plays an important role in the production of many medicines. Whitehead Institute researchers discovered how the enzymes in this family diversified to produce so many different molecules, and demonstrated how this knowledge could be used to engineer novel plant-based medicines.

How labs are weathering the lockdown

April 27, 2020

Labs are off-limits for most during the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what Whitehead Institute scientists are doing to advance basic research, share their knowledge, and keep up morale in unprecedented times.

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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Building a roadmap for salicylic acid

November 22, 2019

Whitehead Institute researchers identify missing enzymes in the biosynthetic pathway for salicylic acid, solving a decades-old puzzle

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Scaffolding the nursery of pollen development

March 18, 2019

Whitehead researchers identify critical components of the scaffolding that supports and protects pollen production

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A Fruitful Pursuit: Plant Biology at Whitehead Institute

January 24, 2019

Decades of pioneering plant research at Whitehead Institute have led to biological insights and useful discoveries

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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

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Heart-healthy plant chemistry

October 29, 2018

A novel genomic approach helps identify medicinal compounds in plants.

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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

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Harnessing nature’s riches

December 19, 2017

With unique sustainable engineering method, a team of Whitehead Institute researchers unlocks the biochemistry needed to synthesize key substance from rare medicinal plant.

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Large-scale approach reveals imperfect actor in plant biotechnology

November 27, 2017

Whitehead researchers detect the chemical ‘mistakes’ of common herbicide-resistance enzyme, successfully re-engineer it for enhanced precision

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A new workflow for natural product characterization comes ashore with red algae

October 30, 2017

Whitehead Member Jing-Ke Weng uses an omics-based path for identifying and generating sesquiterpene-based therapeutics at scale.

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