Tag: Evolution + Development

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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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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

Collage of images in regeneration piece: Planarians, liver cells, and stem cells

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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A troubling inheritance

April 9, 2019

Researchers have found that certain epigenetic changes in mice that appear to be inherited by offspring can lead to increased cancer rates

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A supportive role for planarians’ multifaceted muscle

April 8, 2019

In planarians, muscle is critical not only for movement and regeneration of body parts, but also for producing the body’s architectural support system around cells

Whitehead Institute Member Pulin Li

Pulin Li joins Whitehead Institute

April 2, 2019

Whitehead Institute announced today that the developmental and synthetic biologist Pulin Li will join the Institute in May as its newest Member. 

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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

Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) cells lose form and fail to replicate after degradation of GAPM proteins.

How one parasite stays in shape

January 23, 2019

Researchers in Whitehead Institute Member Sebastian Lourido’s lab identify the linchpin proteins of parasite Toxoplasma gondii’s cytoskeleton.

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

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