• Fishing with a screen

    Elizabeth Cooney, August 15th, 2011 | Filed under

    Robots and the fleet of professional scientists who make sure the machines do their job in high-throughput screening may seem far afield from a fishing expedition. But that may be the best metaphor to explain how researchers at the Broad and elsewhere trawl for chemical compounds that might lead them to a new understanding of human biology.

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  • Biology visualization workshop videos now online

    Leah Eisenstadt, July 29th, 2011 | Filed under

    This spring, artists, designers, computational biologists, and software engineers gathered in the Broad Institute auditorium for three days of talks, posters, and tutorials on the cutting-edge field of visualization in biology.

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  • Invitation to an evening of science

    Haley Bridger, July 5th, 2011 | Filed under

    More than a hundred years ago, Austrian monk Gregor Mendel observed something astounding in flowering pea plants: a first glimpse of genetics. Today, Mendel’s observations about how physical traits pass from one generation to the next continue to inspire amazing discoveries.

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  • How tweet it is

    Leah Eisenstadt, April 28th, 2011 | Filed under

    With nearly 125 posts to date on the Broad blog, we are now venturing out into another realm of social media: Twitter. On the Broad’s new Twitter page, you can follow news updates, press releases, blog posts, and other announcements all in one place.

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  • Can you patent a nose? A gene?

    Ellen Clegg, November 29th, 2010 | Filed under

    Can you patent a nose?

    That was one of a myriad of provocative questions at a recent panel called “Gene Patenting: Balancing Access and Innovation” co-sponsored by the Broad and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. (That’s myriad with a lower-case ‘m’ – not to be confused with the controversy that recently burst into the news in a court case known as ACLU v. Myriad Genetics. The more formal name is The Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. The United States Patent and Trademark Office, et al.)

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  • Come celebrate Darwin at the Broad Institute!

    Haley Bridger, November 17th, 2010 | Filed under

    This Friday, November 19, at 7:30 pm, come to the Broad Institute auditorium at 7 Cambridge Center for “Darwin and the Debate over Human Origins,” a free and public symposium organized by the Darwin Bicentennial Project and Science of the Eye. The event marks the 151st anniversary of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and will feature talks by Darwin scholar and author Janet Browne, Broad associate member David Reich, and other distinguished speakers from Harvard and MIT.

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  • Time to retreat

    Nicole Davis, November 8th, 2010 | Filed under

    This week, the Broad community gathers for its annual scientific retreat, a two-day extravaganza featuring presentations and posters on a variety of research projects across the institute.

    Since all of us bloggers will be there, taking in the impressive line-up of science and scientists, and soaking up new information and ideas, BroadMinded will go dark on Monday and Tuesday.

    We’ll return, renewed and refreshed, on Wednesday.

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  • A new look

    Nicole Davis, September 27th, 2010 | Filed under

    If you are a regular visitor to the Broad’s website, you may have noticed that things look a little different.

    Today, we launch an enhanced site with a new look and feel that captures the unique spirit of the institute. In addition, we’ve tweaked the navigation to help folks — scientists and non-scientists alike — find the information they are seeking. What you see now is the fruit of that months-long effort.

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  • A Midsummer Night at the Broad

    Anne Buboltz, July 22nd, 2010 | Filed under

    The focus of last night’s Midsummer Nights' Science Lecture at the Broad lecture was diabetes –a disease that affects more than 171 million people worldwide. Bridget Wagner, a group leader in pancreatic biology and metabolic disease in the Chemical Biology Program at the Broad Institute, spoke about the past and present of diabetes, as well as her group’s progress towards identifying small molecules that may someday be used to control diabetes.

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  • The real promise of genomics

    Fintan Steele, July 15th, 2010 | Filed under

    In case you missed it, I want to draw your attention to an interesting news program that aired on July 12: Charlie Rose dedicated that show to the "ten year anniversary" of the announcement that the human genome draft had been completed.

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