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2014-05-08 12:30:08

Two new gifts will benefit faculty in stem cell science and digestive diseases LOS ANGELES, May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two new gifts from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation to UCLA totaling $4 million will fund research in stem cell science and digestive diseases and support the recruitment of key faculty at two renowned research centers. The gifts bring to $30 million The Broad Foundation's total support of faculty recruitment and basic and translational research at...

2014-03-25 23:04:38

Pioneers and Visionaries in Genomics to Headline 13th Annual Conference Needham, MA (PRWEB) March 25, 2014 March 25, 2014 – Bio-IT World Expo, the premier event showcasing applications of IT and informatics to biomedical research and the drug discovery enterprise, today proudly announced its keynote speakers for its 13th annual conference and expo, to be held April 29-May 1 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. The annual Bio-IT World Conference & Expo, which unites more than...

2013-09-19 23:34:28

Hagley's new Executive Director, David Allen Cole, Ph.D., comes from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Wilmington, DE (PRWEB) September 19, 2013 Hagley Museum and Library’s Board President Henry B. duPont IV announces the appointment of David Allen Cole, Ph.D., as Executive Director. Dr. Cole comes to Hagley from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was Vice President for Advancement, Communications, and Public...

2013-06-10 12:57:45

Researchers at Whitehead Institute have identified a protein that is the target of glucocorticoids, the drugs that are used to increase red blood cell production in patients with certain types of anemia, including those resulting from trauma, sepsis, malaria, kidney dialysis, and chemotherapy. The discovery could spur development of drugs capable of increasing this protein's production without causing the severe side effects associated with glucocorticoids. "This research is medically...

2013-04-24 23:19:58

Honorary Degrees Will Be Awarded to Lander; Carol Tecla Christ, President of Smith College; and Robert Beckett ´57, Retired Chairman and CEO of Robec, Inc. WORCESTER, Mass. (PRWEB) April 24, 2013 Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) announced today that Eric Lander, PhD, a principal leader of the Human Genome Project and president and founding director of The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, will deliver the address at the university´s 145th commencement exercises on Saturday,...

2012-03-29 23:31:50

FINDINGS: The drug rapamycin has been shown to extend lifespan in lab animals, yet rapamycin has also been linked to impaired glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, two hallmarks of diabetes. By teasing apart rapamycin's activity at the cellular level, researchers at Whitehead Institute and the University of Pennsylvania have determined that inhibiting only the protein cluster known as the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) prolongs life in mice without adversely affecting...

New Study Offers Evidence Against 'Rotting Y' Chromosome Theory
2012-02-23 06:04:12

Males of the world, fear not -- researchers have determined that the chromosome which determines maleness is not shrinking after all, and concerns that the gender could be headed for extinction are apparently unfounded. The study, which was led by Jennifer Hughes and David Page of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and the MIT Department of Biology, have compared the genes of the human Y chromosome to those of chimpanzees and rhesus macaques, according to Guardian Science...

2012-02-14 15:30:35

Personal change can redefine or even save your life–especially if you are one of a hundred yeast cell clones clinging to the skin of a grape that falls from a sun-drenched vine into a stagnant puddle below. By altering which genes are expressed, cells with identical genomes like these yeast clones are able to survive in new environments or even perform different roles within a multicellular organism. Changes in gene expression can occur in a multitude of ways, but a team of...

2011-12-08 13:39:57

FINDINGS: A long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) prevents programmed cell death during one of the final stages of red blood cell differentiation, according to Whitehead Institute researchers. This is the first time a lncRNA has been found to play a role in red blood cell development and the first time a lncRNA has been shown to affect programmed cell death. RELEVANCE: Programmed cell death, or apoptosis, occurs in many cell development pathways; preventing normal cell death is a key step in the...

2011-04-12 10:57:17

In a research collaboration blind to affairs of politics, ethnicity, and religion, an international team led by Israeli scientists has identified the genetic cause of a neurological disorder afflicting members of a Palestinian family. By combining the latest genome sequencing technology with a sophisticated "guilt-by-association" technique known as disease-network analysis, the team from Whitehead Institute, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem has found a...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.