• Boston Globe features the Broad Institute

    Alice McCarthy, January 3rd, 2011

    This past Sunday, January 2, 2011 The Boston Globe ran a feature story on the Broad written by Carolyn Johnson.

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  • Cell identity theft

    Alice McCarthy, December 16th, 2010 | Filed under

    In an essay in this month’s Nature Chemical Biology, the Broad’s Bridget Wagner describes her view of one of the greatest challenges in chemical biology today – identifying chemical compounds that coax cells to take on new properties. With these compounds in hand, you could transform cells from what they were to what you want them to be.

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  • Broad summer student named 2010 Rhodes Scholar

    Alice McCarthy, December 9th, 2010

    Among the recent 32 undergraduate students named as 2010 Rhodes Scholars is Esther Uduehi, currently a senior at Indiana University-Bloomington majoring in biochemistry and mathematics.The Broad hosted Esther and nine other undergraduates in the summer of 2009 as part of the annual Summer Research Program in Genomics (SRPG).

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  • New project aims to put together new pieces of the genetic variability puzzle

    Alice McCarthy, December 2nd, 2010 | Filed under

    Since the human genome became public information a decade ago, researchers have been developing new ways to dissect, examine, and probe it to find clues to understand the genetic basis of human illness. This fall, a new endeavor known as the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) project, became one of the latest – and largest – efforts to link certain genetic variations with changes in the abundance of particular proteins in unique tissues of the body.

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  • Veterans Day

    Alice McCarthy, November 11th, 2010


    Image courtesy of the US Department of Veterans Affairs

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  • Gestalt principles of visual grouping

    Alice McCarthy, November 1st, 2010 | Filed under

    Gestalt principles of perception are theories proposed by German psychologists in the 1920s to explain how people organize visual information. In his monthly column in Nature Methods, the Broad's Creative Director, Bang Wong, explains how Gestalt psychology is often at the root of how visual images are seen and interpreted.

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  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Alice McCarthy, October 28th, 2010 | Filed under

    At the Beyond the Genome workshop held here in Boston a few weeks back, this image of the Illumina Genome Analyzer IIx was posted in a presentation on next-generation cancer genomics. The presenter, Elaine Mardis, co-director of The Genome Center at Washington University, gave the keynote for the session on sequencing cancer and complex disease genomes.

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  • Lost letters in a modern age

    Alice McCarthy, October 14th, 2010 | Filed under

    Reading about the discovery of the lost letters from DNA researcher Francis Crick to colleague Maurice Wilkins made me think about what kind of paper trail today’s leading scientists are leaving. (Wilkins shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Crick and James Watson for their work on the DNA model.)

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  • Palladium catalyst scientists awarded Nobel in chemistry

    Alice McCarthy, October 7th, 2010 | Filed under

    When I called Jeremy Duvall and Damian Young, two of the Broad's organic chemists, to talk about the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners, I was checking in with them to discuss the relevance of the work recognized. What was surprising to me was that the work from the winners represents not just some piece of obscure chemical synthesis minutia. This was chemistry that we use on a daily basis here at the Broad.

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  • Completing a disease mosquito genome trifecta

    Alice McCarthy, September 30th, 2010 | Filed under

    In a paper describing the genomic sequence of the Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito, researchers have completed a remarkable sequencing trifecta. The Culex mosquito is one of three kinds of mosquitoes, along with Anopheles and Aedes, known to transmit clinically important human diseases, like malaria, Dengue fever, West Nile virus, and elephantiasis.

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