Tag: Genetics + Genomics

Designing plants that don’t decay

December 2, 2020

A proposed project would provide a way to store carbon indefinitely in the tissues of specially engineered plants

Feeding a changing world

December 2, 2020

Maintaining food security in the face of climate change is a complex, multifaceted problem of global importance, and so researchers are tackling it from many different angles. Whitehead Institute Member Mary Gehring is starting to work on ways to engineer crops that can better survive the effects of climate change and continue to produce high yields with high nutritional value.

A good environment for sustainability research: Whitehead Institute scientists work to combat climate change

December 2, 2020

Whitehead Institute primarily focuses on biomedical research, and yet in recent years researchers in several labs here have discovered ways in which their work might contribute to climate resilience and sustainability. Scientists here are applying their skills to problems of climate change and sustainability in medicine, agriculture, and beyond.

New Whitehead Fellow seeks to harness the immune system to fight pancreatic cancer

November 30, 2020

Tobiloba Oni—a cell biologist whose graduate research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory helped open new paths for understanding, detecting, and potentially treating pancreatic cancer—has been appointed as a Whitehead Fellow.

The bull Y chromosome has evolved to bully its way into gametes

November 18, 2020

Whitehead Institute researchers have sequenced the male-determining chromosome of cattle -- and found evidence of a “selfish” competition between sex chromosomes.  

Bridging research and medicine: Whitehead Institute’s physician-scientists

August 12, 2020

Whitehead Institute’s physician-scientists, researchers who also practice medicine, use their unusual position to act as conduits between lab and clinic.

Parasite research heats up

July 5, 2020

Whitehead Institute researchers have used thermal profiling to match a potential antiparasitic drug to its target in Toxoplasma gondii, providing insight into the parasite’s calcium signaling pathways that could help in the development of therapeutics to treat infection.

A split image shows healthy and diseased airway cilia side by side. The healthy cilia are well-defined, the diseased look a little shapeless and stuck together.

From bedside to bench, and back again

April 22, 2020

A mysterious case in the clinic led Whitehead Institute researchers to discover a new genetic lung condition

To be long-lived or short-lived?

February 20, 2020

Whitehead team offers sweeping view of messenger RNA stability and degradation across thousands of genes

Photo of Whitehead Institute member Gerald Fink

Gerald Fink is Awarded the Genetic Society of America’s Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal

January 29, 2020

In honoring him with the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal, GSA is recognizing Fink’s discovery of principles central to genome organization and regulation in eukaryotic cells.

A Toxoplasma cyst isolated from a mouse brain. The cyst wall is stained green and the parasites are stained magenta.

Putting a finger on the switch of chronic parasite infection

January 16, 2020

Researchers at Whitehead Institute have discovered the master regulator necessary for the pervasive parasite Toxoplasma gondii to chronically infect its host. This finding provides important insights into the parasite’s biology and allows scientists in the laboratory to control if and when the parasite can differentiate into its chronic stage, which may inform research into prevention and treatment of infection.

Group photo of Brit d’Arbeloff and David Page (both seated) with Page lab postdoctoral fellow Adrianna San Roman (left) and Sahin Naqvi (rear), then a Page lab graduate student and now a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

Whitehead Institute Receives $10 Million Gift to Study Sex Chromosomes’ Impact on Women's Health and Disease

January 9, 2020

The gift establishes the Brit Jepson d’Arbeloff Center on Women's Health within the Institute’s Sex Differences in Health and Disease Initiative

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