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B60, a new video series appearing on the Broad Institute YouTube channel, is a window into Broad science and culture. Each 60-second video offers a glimpse into the innovative work taking place at the institute, and the spirit of collaboration and creativity that makes it possible. Watch the series to learn how the Broad is tackling some of the most ambitious challenges in biomedicine today.
A mutation that may be driving as many as 20 percent of endometrial and colorectal cancers has come to light this week, thanks to a study by researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The researchers describe finding the connection between the gene RNF43 and these cancers earlier this week in Nature Genetics.
Broad senior associate member Sangeeta Bhatia has been named the 2014 recipient of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. The honor, which is celebrating its 20th year, recognizes outstanding, mid-career inventors who are improving the world through technological invention, and demonstrating a commitment to mentorship in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
A major endeavor in genomics research, at the Broad Institute and beyond, is to identify the variations in the human genetic code that may be associated with disease. Such variations can point to potential drug targets or shed light on the biological mechanisms underlying a disease.
Steve Hyman, director of the Broad Institute’s Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, was recently featured in WBUR’s special series “Brain Matters.” The series, which will run through July 24, aims to report “from the front lines of neuroscience,” and is exploring issues and trends in neurological and psychiatric research.
The Broad-DREAM Gene Essentiality Prediction Challenge has begun. Computational biologists and math wizards of all stripes are invited to enter the competition, which calls on statistically inclined members of the public to develop predictive computational models that reveal which genes are most essential to the survival of various cancer subtypes.
In the coming months, a new video series on the Broad’s popular YouTube channel will introduce viewers to published research – from the scientist’s perspective. In each installment of the “Broad Paper Vids” series, institute researchers will describe the exciting scientific discoveries that have made their way from the Broad to the pages of respected scientific journals.