Tag: Protein Function

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

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.

A research tool of a different color

November 18, 2020

Whitehead Institute Member David Sabatini’s latest in a series of tools to isolate and analyze the contents of specific organelles helps researchers study melanosomes, the structures inside of cells responsible for skin color.

Type 1 diabetes from a beta cell’s perspective

September 24, 2020

A new experimental system shows how insulin-producing beta cells react under autoimmune attack during type 1 diabetes; the results could lead to better treatments

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.

Proteins — and labs — coming together to prevent Rett syndrome

July 22, 2020

New discoveries about the disruption of condensates in the neurodevelopmental disorder Rett syndrome provide insights into how cells compartmentalize chromosomes as well as new potential paths for therapies.

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

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.

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Whitehead Institute team resolves structure of master growth regulator

October 10, 2019

New paper in Science reveals how mTORC1 docks at lysosomal surface  


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Looking Beyond the Gene: An Introduction

September 30, 2019

Whitehead Institute researchers are uncovering new ways that genes are regulated that upend existing paradigms of gene expression and provide important insights into health and disease. This collection of stories and multimedia explores that research.

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Regulatory RNA: The sculptors of gene expression

September 30, 2019

Whitehead Institute scientists have been uncovering the roles of regulatory RNA in controlling gene expression

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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

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