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  • Expand your mind

    Ellen Clegg, May 15th, 2012 | Filed under

    The Broad Institute is launching a new series of workshops to share laboratory and computational methods developed within our community and extend the impact of our science. These BroadE workshops, which launch May 21, are open to all Broad staff and to scientists from the Harvard and MIT communities. 

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  • Broad artist in residence at MassArt

    Ellen Clegg, April 4th, 2012 | Filed under

    Look around the Broad's public spaces, and you'll find that the Broad is “Unfolding.” That’s the title of an exhibition featuring the work that artist-in-residence Guhapriya Ranganathan has created during her two-year collaboration with scientists here. Tonight, Ranganathan, known as Gupi, will give a talk at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston about that collaboration.

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  • Shelter from a storm

    Ellen Clegg, January 11th, 2012

    When the Spanish flu stalked the globe in 1918, some theorized that the death toll was so dire because of the World War I effort. Young and previously healthy soldiers and civilians alike had simply pushed themselves too hard, the theory went, running down their immune systems and leaving them vulnerable to a viral pandemic that ultimately killed more than 50 million people worldwide.

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  • In the news: Targeting cancer's Achilles heel

    Ellen Clegg, June 3rd, 2011

    Boston Globe reporter Carolyn Johnson writes on today's front page about the push to target cancer with new therapies — among many specialists, the piece quotes Todd Golub, director of the Broad's Cancer Program. Todd and other colleagues discussed the Broad's approach to cancer research in the new Annual Report:

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  • New weapon in an age-old battle

    Ellen Clegg, May 27th, 2011 | Filed under

    It’s a story as old as humankind. Boy (or girl) meets bug, a struggle for dominance ensues, and someone gets hurt.

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  • Ion Torrent machine ushers in a new era of sequencing

    Ellen Clegg, December 20th, 2010

    It’s not much bigger than a breadbox, yet it opens up a new way of analyzing the individual “letters” in DNA. Wrapped in a pastel plastic case, powered by silicon chips that are common all over the world, the Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine is finally being released commercially.

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  • Beautiful science

    Ellen Clegg, December 8th, 2010 | Filed under

    We were sorting through scientific images recently, cataloguing and filing in a well-intentioned year-end swirl. This caught our eye: it's an islet of Langerhans that has been isolated from a human pancreas and stained to highlight the expression of insulin and glucagon, the hormones that regulate blood sugar. Beta cells, which produce the insulin needed to help lower blood sugar, show up as red. The green cells are alpha cells that express glucagon, which raises blood sugar. (The cell culture and microscopy was done by Deepika Walpita here at the Broad.)

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  • Can you patent a nose? A gene?

    Ellen Clegg, November 29th, 2010 | Filed under

    Can you patent a nose?

    That was one of a myriad of provocative questions at a recent panel called “Gene Patenting: Balancing Access and Innovation” co-sponsored by the Broad and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. (That’s myriad with a lower-case ‘m’ – not to be confused with the controversy that recently burst into the news in a court case known as ACLU v. Myriad Genetics. The more formal name is The Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. The United States Patent and Trademark Office, et al.)

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  • Numbers game

    Ellen Clegg, November 13th, 2010 | Filed under

    A common thread stitches together Nick Patterson’s numerous careers: deep and joyful thinking about mathematics. He has cracked Cold War codes and run numbers on Wall Street. Now a computational biologist in the Broad’s Program in Medical and Population Genetics, he has helped colleagues analyze the migration and mixing of human populations. His work has spanned epochs and analyzed the population history of an entire subcontinent.

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  • In the blink of an eye

    Ellen Clegg, October 29th, 2010 | Filed under

    On the cover of Cell this week: Broad Creative Director Bang Wong makes a neural network look like artwork in order to illustrate a paper by Associate Member Alice Ting and Amar Thyagarajan, both at MIT. The paper reports on a method of imaging protein interactions and synapse activity in neurons, or nerve cells in the brain.

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