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  • Striking gold with scientific illustrations

    Leah Eisenstadt, July 30th, 2013

    Broad scientists publish hundreds of research papers every year. Some of those papers are among the most noteworthy in that journal issue, and may even be chosen as the issue’s “cover story” with accompanying artwork on the journal’s cover — an honor for scientists and artists alike.

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  • Creature Feature: African eye worm (Loa loa)

    Leah Eisenstadt, April 25th, 2013 | Filed under

    The human microbiome project revealed the vast numbers and types of microbes that live on and in the human body. While this thought may be unpleasant, humans can have larger, more gruesome passengers hitching a ride, such as the several-centimeter-long nematode Loa loa, which infects millions of people in Western and Central Africa.

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  • David Altshuler elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Leah Eisenstadt, April 24th, 2013

    Join us in congratulating David Altshuler, chief academic officer and deputy director of the Broad Institute, on his election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As a member, he joins some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts, including Broad director Eric Lander and institute founder Eli Broad.

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  • Broad awarded top honor again

    Leah Eisenstadt, November 7th, 2012

    For the third straight year, the Broad Institute has been selected by the Boston Globe as one of the “Top Places to Work” in Massachusetts. This honor is an amazing tribute to the entire Broad community and its collaborative spirit.

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  • Faster, cheaper, smaller

    Leah Eisenstadt, June 26th, 2012 | Filed under

    A team of researchers at the Broad Institute recently revealed a new cell microarray capable of probing the functions of genes faster and cheaper than ever before.

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  • Visualizing a genome in disarray

    Leah Eisenstadt, May 16th, 2012

    Last week on the Broad website, we featured recent work by Broad researchers that can shed new light on the massive genomic changes taking place in cancer cells. The genomes in tumors are often drastically disorganized, with large chunks of missing or extra DNA — even whole chromosomes — in addition to smaller, single-letter mutations. These alterations can complicate the search for genetic changes underlying cancer.

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  • A close-up look at a tiny, yet powerful, chip

    Leah Eisenstadt, January 4th, 2012 | Filed under

    This past October, we announced that Paul Blainey, an expert in single-molecule and single-cell approaches, would be joining the Broad as a core faculty member in early 2012. He will join us after completing postdoctoral research at Stanford University in the laboratory of Stephen Quake, where he has pioneered novel methods to perform single-cell microbial sequencing. As part of this work, he designed a 3.5-cm microfluidic chip that sorts single cells and amplifies their genomes to prepare for sequencing.

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  • Revisiting our festive science images

    Leah Eisenstadt, December 27th, 2011 | Filed under

    Last year during the holiday season, we invited Broad researchers to submit scientific images with a seasonal flair. We thought it would be fun to revisit those images, resembling holiday lights, cracked ice, and tinsel. Enjoy this slideshow of festive imagery from the world of science as we count down to the new year!

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  • Behind the Scenes: Building the Broad’s cloud

    Leah Eisenstadt, December 8th, 2011 | Filed under

    Broadies are pros at sharing. They share ideas, data, equipment, and even bikes. So it may be no surprise to learn that behind the scenes of the Broad’s fast-paced research computing network for data collection and analysis, servers have been quietly getting in the sharing game, too, going “virtual” to save the Broad money, energy, and space and to keep pace with the growing demand for efficient computing by large and diverse research projects throughout the institute.

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  • A fresh approach to data visualization

    Leah Eisenstadt, September 21st, 2011 | Filed under

    After completing graduate school, computational scientist Miriah Meyer noticed a disappointing trend in data visualization. “Our field is usually about generalities,” she says. “We create algorithms or systems that are very general for some broad class of problems or types of data.” But Miriah saw that these solutions, especially those for the analysis of biological data, often didn’t help answer the specific questions of scientists using them.

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