• Broad earns “top” honor

    Nicole Davis, November 5th, 2010 | Filed under

    Some incredible news today in the Boston Globe: the Broad Institute is among the “Top Places to Work” in Massachusetts in 2010.

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  • Why is it so hard to make an HIV vaccine?

    Haley Bridger, November 5th, 2010 | Filed under

    This week, we published a news story about a paper on HIV controllers – people who are HIV positive but keep the virus in check. This research stems from the International HIV Controllers Study, and researchers hope that their findings will ultimately help inform the development of new therapies and vaccines.

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  • Beyond the Genome: Enough to make your skin crawl

    Haley Bridger, November 4th, 2010 | Filed under

    Julie Segre is interested in what makes us itch. Bringing together the fields of dermatology, immunology, and microbiology, Dr. Segre, a senior investigator at the National Human Genome Research Institute, is studying the relationship between people and the bacteria and other microscopic organisms (microbes) living on their skin. Dr. Segre, who spoke at this year’s “Beyond the Genome” conference here in Boston, is especially interested in people with eczema and the unique microbial populations they harbor.

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  • Beyond the Genome: Uncovering evolution’s driving forces in the human genome

    Leah Eisenstadt, November 3rd, 2010 | Filed under

    Last week, here on the blog we told you about some of the exciting results to come from the recently completed pilot phase of the 1000 Genomes Project. Scientists in the consortium sequenced several hundred genomes and captured even more of the variation among human genomes than had been previously known. The project aims to not only employ “next-generation” sequencing technologies at a scale never before achieved, it also aims to create the best map of human genetic variation so far.

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  • Beyond the Genome: New uses for DNA sequencers

    Leah Eisenstadt, November 2nd, 2010 | Filed under

    Once upon a time, sequencing the human genome took tens of millions of dollars and a warehouse full of DNA sequencing machines that analyzed samples throughout the day, and year after year. Now, less than a decade later, the same human genome sequence — the order of nucleotides or “letters” — can be generated using a single machine that analyzes samples for a few days, and for about 100-fold lower cost.

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  • Gestalt principles of visual grouping

    Alice McCarthy, November 1st, 2010 | Filed under

    Gestalt principles of perception are theories proposed by German psychologists in the 1920s to explain how people organize visual information. In his monthly column in Nature Methods, the Broad's Creative Director, Bang Wong, explains how Gestalt psychology is often at the root of how visual images are seen and interpreted.

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