News from the Broad

The Broad Institute is committed to open sharing not only of its scientific data and tools, but also information and news about our progress towards achieving our mission. Below are just a few highlights from the Broad scientific community.
  • Ebola researchers call for open access to research in response to outbreaks

    February 27th, 2015

    This week in the journal Nature, Broad scientists Nathan Yozwiak, Stephen Schaffner, and Pardis Sabeti shared lessons they have learned from sequencing and sharing genomic data on the Ebola virus during the ongoing outbreak in West Africa. In their commentary, the researchers called on the international scientific and medical communities to establish new principles for sharing data during epidemics. The Boston Globe also covered the story.

  • New clues from canine cancer

    February 24th, 2015

    Dogs, like humans, can develop blood system cancers that share similarities with human blood cancer. A team of scientists, led by the Broad's Kerstin Lindblad-Toh and co-senior authors from North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota, recently conducted a genome-wide association study in dogs to identify genetic risk factors for hematologic cancer, focusing on two malignancies and uncovering two shared genomic loci that predispose dogs to both diseases.

  • Examination of mammary epithelial cells reveal epigenetic changes from pregnancy

    February 23rd, 2015

    Most organs develop and differentiate in the womb. Not so the mammary gland, which becomes fully functional through puberty and pregnancy. This unique organ gains further mystique in that its use seems to stave off breast cancer.

  • Stanley Center at the Broad Institute and New York Stem Cell Foundation partner to develop stem cell resource for schizophrenia and psychiatric diseases

    February 19th, 2015
    Induced pluripotent stem cell lines to be made from people with schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders, to study cell changes
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  • Predicting cancer's cell of origin

    February 18th, 2015
    By combining the Epigenomics Roadmap and mutational landscape, researchers trace cancers cell type of origin
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