Tag: Genetics + Genomics

Representation of the Zika virus's surface

How to be a good host (for Zika virus)

April 22, 2019

Using a genome-wide CRISPR screen in neural progenitor cells, Whitehead Institute scientists uncover what the Zika virus needs to infect human cells

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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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Whitehead Institute researchers win STAT's Editor's Pick award

April 8, 2019

Whitehead Institute Member Rudolf Jaenisch and Shawn Liu, a postdoc in his lab, were chosen for the honor by STAT staff

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. 

Immunofluorescence microscopy for meiotic markers in adult mouse testes

Start signal for sex cell creation

February 27, 2019

One protein is responsible for regulating a large network of genes that prompt cells to begin meiosis, the type of cell division that produces sex cells

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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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Revising the textbook on introns

January 16, 2019

Whitehead Institute researchers uncover a group of introns in yeast with surprising stability and function

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.

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

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

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Only in your head

October 9, 2018

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

Illustration of the Y chromosome

The Y Chromosome: Holding steadfast in a sea of change

August 2, 2018

The lab of Whitehead Member David Page has examined a series of regions on the Y chromosome called amplicons.

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