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  • Two-way exchange

    Elizabeth Cooney, June 20th, 2012

    The Slim Initiative for Genomic Medicine is a two-way street, with researchers and information moving in both directions as part of an international collaboration between the Broad Institute and the National Institute of Genomic Medicine in Mexico City, known by its Spanish acronym INMEGEN.

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  • Learning the language of cancer cell metabolism

    Haley Bridger, May 29th, 2012

    When Mohit Jain joined the Broad Institute, he had no idea that the postdoc at the desk next to him would become a close collaborator and friend. Although Mo and Roland Nilsson sat only a few feet apart, they were working in different worlds.

    “I spoke the language of clinical biology, and Roland spoke the language of math,” Mo recalls. “We’d look at each other’s data, and it was as if we were speaking completely different languages. We couldn’t decipher at all what the other person did.”

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  • Insights from a clinician-investigator

    Haley Bridger, May 23rd, 2012

    This week, an interview with David Altshuler – clinical endocrinologist, human geneticist, and core faculty member of the Broad Institute – appears in Science Translational Medicine. David spoke with Sarah Henrickson, an early-career clinician-investigator who completed an M.D.-Ph.D. program at Harvard Medical School, and is currently a pediatrics resident in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center.

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  • New prostate cancer gene mutation discovered

    Alice McCarthy, May 21st, 2012

    This week, a team of researchers from the Broad Institute and Weill Cornell Medical College reported the discovery of mutations in a gene previously unknown to be associated with prostate cancer, a disease that strikes over 241,000 men each year in the United States.

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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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  • 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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  • WormToolbox in action

    Alice McCarthy, May 10th, 2012

    Last week we wrote about the new WormToolbox automated imaging software, used to capture single images of the C. elegans roundworm. See the news story here.

    While it’s one thing to describe the technology, we thought we’d share several images from real Broad Institute experiments using the WormToolbox program.

     

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  • A Sage partnership

    Haley Bridger, April 12th, 2012

    Even when everything is in working order, the team in the Broad’s Genome Sequencing Platform is never completely satisfied. Someone is always tinkering, inventing, or thinking about a way to strengthen one of the links in the chain of events that leads to sequenced DNA.

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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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  • Zooming in on early embryonic development

    Elizabeth Cooney, March 30th, 2012

    If there were just one book of biology, it would be rewritten constantly with the sometimes dramatic, more often incremental advances in understanding that come with the nature of science. Constant revision can come with insight – think Darwin – or with technology – witness faster, cheaper sequencing machines – or with both.

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