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  • Kerstin Lindblad-Toh receives major award from Swedish Research Council

    Paul Goldsmith, March 31st, 2014

    This week, Broad scientific director of vertebrate genome biology Kerstin Lindblad-Toh became one of the first recipients of a new long-term research grant from the Swedish Research Council.

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  • Putting a neglected disease in the spotlight

    Paul Goldsmith, February 6th, 2014

    Heard of Chagas disease? Chances are, unless you live in Central or South America where the disease affects an estimated 8 million people, you probably haven’t.

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  • Broadies named to ‘30 under 30’

    Paul Goldsmith, January 10th, 2014

    The annual Forbes ’30 under 30’ was revealed this week, and two members of the Broad community, Cigall Kadoch and Aleksander Kostic, were named to the list. Now in its third year, ’30 under 30’ recognizes the brightest young talents in 15 different fields, including science and healthcare, technology and finance.

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  • Broad announces new Merkin Institute Fellows

    Paul Goldsmith, November 22nd, 2013

    The Broad Institute is pleased to announce the latest class of Merkin Institute Fellows. The Broad’s first endowed fellowship, the Merkin Institute Fellows program was established in 2012 by Dr. Richard Merkin to provides sustained support for some of the most promising and ambitious scientists pursuing bold research at the Broad. The 2013-2014 recipients represent three of the Broad’s fastest rising stars: Sangeeta Bhatia, John Doench, and Angela Koehler.

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  • Fighting cancer with some help from our (best) friends

    Paul Goldsmith, October 11th, 2013

    Sit. Fetch. Roll-over. Humans have been trying to teach dogs for tens of thousands of years. But when it comes to the genetics of cancer, it turns out dogs have a lot to teach us, as well.

    Different as we may seem, humans and dogs are genetically-speaking quite similar. Almost all canine genes have a matching gene in the human genome. Given this correlation, it’s no surprise that dogs suffer from many of the same genetic disorders as human, including cancer.

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  • TEDxCambridge: Decoding a Genomic Revolution

    Paul Goldsmith, October 2nd, 2013

    In his September 13, TEDxCambridge lecture, ‘Decoding a Genomic Revolution,’ Broad associate member and MIT associate professor Manolis Kellis used details from his own genome to demonstrate how science can bridge the gap between genetic variants and disease.

    Check out the video below and accompany Kellis on a journey into his personal genome to find out how recent discoveries could change the future of medical care.

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  • Rooting out schizophrenia

    Paul Goldsmith, August 26th, 2013

    What: In one of the largest systematic analyses of schizophrenia to date, researchers from the Broad’s Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research and elsewhere identified 13 new areas of the genome linked to schizophrenia.

    “Though there are still many pieces of the puzzle yet to be discovered this study provides a good collection of possible drug targets,” said co-first author Stephan Ripke.

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  • Aviv Regev named 2014 Earl and Thressa Stadtman Scholar

    Paul Goldsmith, August 8th, 2013

    The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) has announced that Broad Institute core faculty member Aviv Regev was selected to receive the 2014 Earl and Thressa Stadtman Scholar Award. Named in honor of Earl and Thressa Stadtman—the “first family” of biochemistry—the award recognizes outstanding achievement in biochemistry and molecular biology, and consists of a cash award, a plaque, and travel expenses to the annual ASBMB meeting, where the recipient will present a featured lecture.

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  • Sneak preview of “Exploring the genome’s ‘dark matter’”


    Paul Goldsmith, July 12th, 2013

    Update July 18: Check out a Storify of the live tweets from this event.

    In the second 2013 installment of Midsummer Night’s Science, our annual public lecture series, medical oncologist and Broad associate member Levi Garraway will explore how genomic technology is helping to reveal cancer’s long-held secrets, and the many ways those findings, both the expected and unexpected, are changing the lives of patients.

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  • Gaining ground on glioblastoma

    Paul Goldsmith, May 30th, 2013

    Researchers in the Broad’s Epigenomics Program recently identified a key mechanism in glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive form of brain tumor. In a study published last week in Cell Reports, the team, which includes program director Brad Bernstein, revealed that certain regulatory proteins play a major role in the “self-renewing” cancer stem cells that drive glioblastoma growth.

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