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.
  • Broad moves genome analysis to the cloud; collaborates with cloud providers to offer access to the leading genome analysis toolkit

    April 5th, 2016
    At the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard we generate a lot of data. We also develop the cutting-edge software tools researchers need to find signals in the noise. We are committed to sharing tools and data openly with the entire scientific community, and have dedicated a team to constantly improve our Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK), which is the software package we developed for analysis of high-throughput sequencing data.
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  • Broad Institute teams up with AWS, Cloudera, Google, IBM, Intel, and Microsoft to enable cloud-based access to the Genome Analysis Toolkit, simplifying genomic research

    April 5th, 2016
    Collaborations to expand access to GATK as a cloud-based service; Broad will continue to offer GATK as a direct download for on-premise use
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  • Broad collaborates with Pfizer to enable accessible, cloud-based analysis of human gene expression and regulation

    April 4th, 2016
    The Broad Institute is proud to announce a collaboration with Pfizer Inc. that aims to create a cloud-based environment for storing and analyzing gene expression and gene regulation datasets.
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  • Feng Zhang receives 2016 Canada Gairdner International Award

    March 22nd, 2016
    Broad/MIT scientist among five honored as pioneers of CRISPR-Cas9 system
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  • Researchers publish system-wide analysis of T-cell response in zebrafish

    March 15th, 2016

    A study led by Francisco Quintana of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Broad Institute used zebrafish as a model to examine T-cell receptors (TCRs) and their response to foreign and native antigens. The team found that a general pool of “public” TCRs capable of dealing with diverse antigen threats dominate the T-cell response in zebrafish. It’s possible that these TCR “first-responders” buy time, giving the immune system a short window during which it can develop more specialized, “private” TCRs.