Fast facts

  • A bounty of scientific inspiration at your Thanksgiving table

    Haley Bridger, November 22nd, 2011 | Filed under

    From the Archives: We've delved into the BroadMinded blog archives to bring you this post, which was originally published in November 2010.

    At the risk of catching a bad case of YAGS right before the holidays, I googled “turkey genome” this week to see what’s cooking in the world of poultry genomics. It turns out that scientists have already mapped about 90 percent of the turkey’s genome and are learning about genes that influence things like meat quality, disease susceptibility, and turkey reproduction and fertility. You can read more about the turkey genome project here.

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  • Engineering the liver

    Haley Bridger, July 14th, 2011 | Filed under

    The liver is a critical and intriguing organ, and our understanding of it continues to evolve to this day. As reported in a paper published earlier this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Broad and MIT researchers teamed up to put artificial liver tissue to the test (read the news story here and Project Spotlight here).

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  • Lifestyles of the fungal and famous

    Haley Bridger, April 27th, 2011 | Filed under

    Yeast is not an organism; it is a lifestyle. Most people are familiar with baker’s yeast, a unicellular species that makes bread rise, ferments alcoholic beverages, and is used as a simple system for understanding cellular biology. But there are actually over 1,500 known species of yeast – a term that simply means single-celled fungi.

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  • Broad earns “top” honor

    Nicole Davis, November 5th, 2010 | Filed under

    Some incredible news today in the Boston Globe: the Broad Institute is among the “Top Places to Work” in Massachusetts in 2010.

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  • Why is it so hard to make an HIV vaccine?

    Haley Bridger, November 5th, 2010 | Filed under

    This week, we published a news story about a paper on HIV controllers – people who are HIV positive but keep the virus in check. This research stems from the International HIV Controllers Study, and researchers hope that their findings will ultimately help inform the development of new therapies and vaccines.

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  • A genome blooms

    Leah Eisenstadt, October 22nd, 2010 | Filed under

    The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a lovely place to explore, where visitors can stroll among the treetops nearly 60 feet above the ground, tunnel through an interactive play area shaped like a plant, or get a close-up view of piranha, poison-dart tree frogs, and baby water dragons.

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  • National Chemistry Week: Tuning in to science

    Haley Bridger, October 20th, 2010 | Filed under

    If you’re an aspiring chemist, full-fledged scientist, or just someone who likes to think about the chemical structures of the ingredients in shampoo, it’s time to celebrate: this week is National Chemistry Week!

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  • Highlights on height

    Leah Eisenstadt, October 8th, 2010 | Filed under

    Last week, Broad researchers and others in the GIANT (Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits) Consortium published work revealing 180 genomic regions influencing height, the most yet identified for a single trait or disease. It may come as no surprise that stature is leading the pack when it comes to traits yielding their genetic secrets. Height is one of the easiest traits to measure, and studies on other traits and diseases often record subjects’ height, providing ample data for scientists.

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  • The skinny on fat cells

    Haley Bridger, October 6th, 2010 | Filed under

    Researchers at the Broad are looking for clues about how fat cells develop. Last week, we posted a news story about research published in the journal Cell that shows how scientists are using epigenomic maps to find factors that control fat cell development.

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  • microRNAs have a role in hearing impairment

    Alice McCarthy, September 23rd, 2010 | Filed under

    The human inner ear is surprisingly complex, controlled by a large variety of genes – most with unknown roles – that can influence hearing loss. To identify the genetic influences leading to hearing loss, Prof. Karen B. Avraham, of the Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry at Tel Aviv University, Israel is investigating the biological roles of a group of non-coding RNAs called microRNAs (miRNAs). These RNA molecules are involved in turning off, or silencing, specific genes.

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