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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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  • Exploring India’s genetic history

    Veronica Meade-Kelly, August 19th, 2013

    What: Following up on a 2009 study that traced the genetic heritage of nearly all modern Indian groups to two distinct ancestral populations, Broad researchers and their Indian colleagues analyzed genomic data from across present-day India and found that most of India’s population mixture occurred 1,900 to 4,200 years ago.

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  • Algorithm seeks meaningful relationships

    Veronica Meade-Kelly, August 2nd, 2013

    Networks are ubiquitous these days: we use the internet to surf through a seemingly endless network of linked sites; we rely on social media to network with friends and acquaintances across the globe; and we’ve come to look at the human body as an interconnected system of biological processes.

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  • Sneak preview of “The coelacanth, its evolution, and how fish first came onto land”

    Veronica Meade-Kelly, July 26th, 2013

    In the last talk of this year’s Midsummer Nights’ Science series, Broad research scientist Jessica Alföldi will discuss the history of the enigmatic coelacanth and what its genome has taught us about our own evolution.

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  • CellProfiler’s identifying features

    Veronica Meade-Kelly, July 22nd, 2013

    It’s one of the great quandaries of the Information Age: as advances in digital technologies allow us to generate data at an ever-increasing pace, there is a concomitant need to find new ways to process and analyze the resulting deluge of information.

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  • Sneak preview of “Unweaving the circuitry of human disease”

    Veronica Meade-Kelly, July 19th, 2013

    Midsummer Nights’ Science continues next week with the “Unweaving the circuitry of human disease,” the third lecture in this year’s series. Broad associate member Manolis Kellis will be speaking at the July 24 event, discussing current efforts to build high-resolution activity maps of gene and regulatory regions across hundreds of cell types. These maps are bringing the genome to life, revealing possible culprits in human disease, and exposing the circuitry likely responsible when the genome’s regulatory system goes wrong.

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  • Five Questions for Dawn Thompson

    Veronica Meade-Kelly, June 21st, 2013 | Filed under

    Dawn Thompson has spent much of her career studying yeast. The experimental biologist, who is assistant director of the Broad’s Cell Circuits Program, and group leader in core member Aviv Regev’s lab says that she fell into the field “by accident.” While interviewing for her first post-college research position, she happened to hit it off with a yeast geneticist. After working in that lab, she went on to graduate school.

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  • Precocious puberty gene found

    Veronica Meade-Kelly, June 18th, 2013

    The storybook character Peter Pan may have escaped the fate, but in the real world growing up is inevitable. Biologically speaking, the turn to adulthood happens in humans when the brain tells the pituitary glands to start producing hormones, jump-starting puberty. This typically happens around age 10 in girls and 11 in boys. But, for a small percentage of children, the process can start much earlier. If the brain initiates the process before age 8 in girls or 9 in boys, the child experiences central precocious (or “early”) puberty.

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  • Meet a physician-scientist: Rameen Beroukhim

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

    Rameen Beroukhim realized early in his medical training that he wanted to be an oncologist.

    “In medical school, I had the opportunity to work with patients who had cancer,” he explains. “I was struck by how vibrant – and how essentially healthy – many of these patients were, despite the fact that they were contending with such a challenging disease.”

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  • Predisposed to statistical genetics

    Veronica Meade-Kelly, May 13th, 2013

    You could say it’s in his genes: when it comes to his professional proclivities, Ben Neale takes after his parents.

    The trio share an interest in statistical analysis and behavioral research: Neale, an associated researcher at in the Broad Institute’s Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research and the Broad’s Program in Medical and Population Genetics, is a statistical geneticist who studies neurological disorders such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia.

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