• Elegant science from the lowly roundworm

    Ellen Clegg, October 26th, 2010 | Filed under

    Ignore the ick factor, for a moment, and consider the lowly roundworm.

    Also known by its more formal name, Caenorhabditis elegans, the 1 millimeter-long nematode has helped scientists all over the world uncover new insights about biology and genetics since the 1960s.

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  • The cell's march to malignancy

    Ellen Clegg, October 19th, 2010 | Filed under

    By the time a cancerous tumor makes itself known, it has probably lived several lifetimes, developing on a twisted evolutionary path that seems to mock the entire process of cell division and growth. Although there is no dearth of promising research, cancer remains a mute and uncooperative subject. More than 40 years into the nation’s “war on cancer,” much remains unknown.

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  • This too, too solid flesh...

    Ellen Clegg, October 12th, 2010 | Filed under

    Food and nutrition writer M.E. Malone broke one of the last taboos of marriage on Sunday: she dished about the size of her husband’s waistline in public. Happily, her marriage seems to have survived the public disclosure, as well as the rigors of her husband’s diet regimen and weight loss, and she leaves us with a broad-brush lesson on the power of genetics. She observes that she is able to eat just about anything and remain thin, like her own father.

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  • Kiran Musunuru receives Summers Fellowship

    Ellen Clegg, October 5th, 2010 | Filed under

    Kiran Musunuru, a clinical and research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and research affiliate at the Broad Institute, has received the Broad’s Lawrence H. Summers Fellowship for research for 2010-2011.

    The year-long fellowship, named after former Harvard president Lawrence Summers, gives scientists an opportunity to advance their research at the Broad. Kiran intends to deepen his research into the causes of heart attacks, as well as the role that genetics plays in regulating levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.

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  • Five Questions for Visual Designer Lauren Solomon

    Ellen Clegg, August 10th, 2010 | Filed under

    Broad Visual Designer Lauren Solomon worked with Associate Member John Rinn and postdoctoral scientist Maite Huarte on a cover concept to illustrate their paper in the August 6 issue of the journal Cell describing the critical role lincRNAs play in mediating the cellular response to DNA damage. Lauren arrived at the Broad earlier this year after 19 years as senior graphic designer at Millipore Corp. in Billerica, where she designed everything from t-shirts to building signs and everything between.

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  • HeLa's legacy: care for human subjects

    Ellen Clegg, July 7th, 2010 | Filed under

    By now the name of Henrietta Lacks, unknown and unsung for decades, is practically a household word. And deservedly so. Although scientists used cells known as HeLa in groundbreaking work that led to the development of polio vaccine and leukemia treatments, among other discoveries, most knew little about the woman who unwittingly bequeathed them. All that changed earlier this year with Rebecca Skloot’s haunting book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

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