• Five questions for Steven Hyman

    Elizabeth Cooney, September 1st, 2011 | Filed under

    Steven E. Hyman is intent on reinventing himself in a place that welcomes creativity.

    Former provost of Harvard University and before that, director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Harvard University professor of stem cell and regenerative biology began a one-year sabbatical at the Broad Institute in July. He is a scholar in residence at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research within the Broad’s Psychiatric Disease Program.

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  • Fishing with a screen

    Elizabeth Cooney, August 15th, 2011 | Filed under

    Robots and the fleet of professional scientists who make sure the machines do their job in high-throughput screening may seem far afield from a fishing expedition. But that may be the best metaphor to explain how researchers at the Broad and elsewhere trawl for chemical compounds that might lead them to a new understanding of human biology.

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  • From summer students to full-time scientists

    Elizabeth Cooney, August 15th, 2011

    Each summer talented undergraduates enrolled in the Broad Diversity Initiative’s Summer Research Program in Genomics (SRPG) fan out among the institute’s labs, performing research, attending seminars, and soaking up science before returning to college in the fall.

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  • Arrested development: head and neck cancer

    Elizabeth Cooney, July 28th, 2011

    Two teams – including one from the Broad Institute, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine – report surprising discoveries about head and neck cancer biology in back-to-back papers published in Science.

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  • Thanks for the mutations, Dad. You too, Mom.

    Elizabeth Cooney, June 13th, 2011

    Our parents give us about 30 new mutations in our genomes, new research from the 1000 Genomes Project tells us, and whether those mutations come from Mom or Dad varied more than expected.

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  • Five questions for Ramnik Xavier

    Elizabeth Cooney, June 8th, 2011 | Filed under

    Ramnik Xavier calls it “learning from human genetics.” That’s how the senior associate member of the Broad Institute describes his research building on the soaring number of genes now known to be implicated in two common disorders, Crohn’s disease and type 1 diabetes.

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  • High (school) honors

    Elizabeth Cooney, March 10th, 2011 | Filed under

    Authorship on a scholarly paper is coin of the realm in science. For the first time at the Broad Institute, two young men earned that honor for work they performed as freshly minted summer interns in a program for high-school students.

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  • Word of the day: Proteomics

    Elizabeth Cooney, March 2nd, 2011 | Filed under

    People who work at the Broad Institute are passionate about projects that connect basic biology to human health and disease. Sometimes when they see the Broad referred to as a “genomics institute,” they want to say, “Wait, there’s more!” That’s because they’d like everyone to know that genomics -- central as it may be -- is just the beginning of the story.

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