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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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  • Broad’s websites will be unavailable Oct. 17 – 20

    Haley Bridger, October 8th, 2013

    Upddate, Oct. 20: We're happy to report that our IT team has made impressive progress over the weekend and our external facing web pages are now back up and running. For updates on other services, please follow the tweets from @broadsystems.

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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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  • Levi Garraway awarded Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research

    Veronica Meade-Kelly, September 26th, 2013

    Broad senior associate member Levi Garraway is one of three young investigators to receive this year’s Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research. The award is bestowed every other year by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to promising scientists under the age of 45 in recognition of their contributions to cancer research.

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  • Five Questions for Feng Zhang

    Veronica Meade-Kelly, September 17th, 2013 | Filed under

    Core faculty member Feng Zhang, who joined the Broad in 2011, has quickly earned a reputation as one of the brightest young scientists working today. His research on optogenetics and genome engineering earned him a spot in this year’s “Brilliant 10,” Popular Science magazine's annual list of the most promising scientific innovators.

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  • Editing the epigenome

    Leah Eisenstadt, September 10th, 2013

    What: In continued work of the ENCODE project, which is aimed at uncovering the functional landscape of the human genome, a team of researchers from the Broad Institute’s Epigenomics Program and the Massachusetts General Hospital recently developed a method to test the functions of genomic elements.

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  • Better living through proteomics

    Leah Eisenstadt, September 4th, 2013

    As a patient facing illness, knowing what’s ailing you can bring peace of mind and, more importantly, can inform treatment decisions. For neglected infectious diseases, accurate diagnostic tools can be revolutionary, saving lives and shaping the health of entire communities.

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  • New regulatory terrain

    Veronica Meade-Kelly, August 28th, 2013

    When readers get their hands on the print edition of their favorite scientific journal, they might not realize that the eye-catching graphic on the cover may have been conceived by some of the authors inside its pages. Many notable journals invite researchers to submit cover proposals when they notify them that their paper has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue.

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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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  • Feng Zhang makes MIT Technology Review’s INNOVATORS UNDER 35 List

    Haley Bridger, August 21st, 2013

    Broad Institute core faculty member Feng Zhang has been named to MIT Technology Review’s list of 35 top young investigators in recognition of his work in biotechnology and medicine.

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