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Artwork by Steven Lee. Whitehead Institute researchers seek to uncover the mechanics of how genes are regulated and to develop new tools to put out-of-control genes back in order.
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Artwork by Steven Lee. Whitehead Institute researchers seek to uncover the mechanics of how genes are regulated and to develop new tools to put out-of-control genes back in order. . . . . . . #scienceart #science #biology #science #medicine #illustra

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After her daughter was born, Ashley Bonneau, a postdoc in Peter Reddien’s lab at @whiteheadinstitute, was drawn to photography. “I found myself taking over a hundred pictures a day and fell in love with capturing different moments of her childhood,” she says. “I have only recently branched out into taking photos for other families. I like to focus on the candid aspects of a session, capturing true memories for people.” She has also captured some beautiful images in the lab, where she studies links between development and regeneration in planarians, a kind of flatworm. The second image shows dividing stem cells in the planarian embryo. “They look like beautiful little planets and it’s quite striking,” she says. Read more of this #WhiteheadPostdocProfiles Q&A at the link in our profile.
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After her daughter was born, Ashley Bonneau, a postdoc in Peter Reddien’s lab at @whiteheadinstitute , was drawn to photography. “I found myself taking over a hundred pictures a day and fell in love with capturing different moments of her childhood,”

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For Valentine's Day, here's an image from Katherine Novitzky of the Gehring lab, titled I Heart PDFI. It shows the expression of the PDFI gene in a developing Arabidopsis seed, 5 days after pollination.
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For Valentine's Day, here's an image from Katherine Novitzky of the Gehring lab, titled "I Heart PDFI." It shows the expression of the PDFI gene in a developing Arabidopsis seed, 5 days after pollination. . . . . . . #valentines #valentinesday #plant

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In this video, catch up on discoveries by the labs of Institute Members Jing-Ke Weng, Richard Young, and David Sabatini. Uploaded in three parts, swipe to view all three. #ResearchHighlights
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In this video, catch up on discoveries by the labs of Institute Members Jing-Ke Weng, Richard Young, and David Sabatini. Uploaded in three parts, swipe to view all three. #researchhighlights . . . . . #video #science #research #illustration #sciencel

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At the end of his PhD research in chicken embryo development, George Bell realized that it was time for a change. “I happened to have a quite repetitive project,” he says. “I kind of had enough of that. One of the advantages of bioinformatics is that if you have to do the same thing over and over, you just write a program to automatically do it.” Bell became the director of Bioinformatics and Research Computing (BaRC) at @whiteheadinstitute. As a core facility director, Bell gets to collaborate with many different researchers. “Being a staff scientist in a core group is a fantastic position, because you get to do science all day every day, and you get to jump around to lots and lots of different projects,” he says. We’re spotlighting our core facilities scientists that enable world-class research at the Institute in our ongoing series, #ThankYouCoreFacilities. Read more at the link in our profile.
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At the end of his PhD research in chicken embryo development, George Bell realized that it was time for a change. “I happened to have a quite repetitive project,” he says. “I kind of had enough of that. One of the advantages of bioinformatics is that

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On #DarwinDay, we’re highlighting evolutionary discoveries by @whiteheadinstitute scientists. Last year, Jing-Ke Weng’s lab found that the ability to glow evolved not once but multiple times among firefly species. Initially, the genome of the firefly species that Weng wanted to study had not been sequenced. Weng and his colleagues crowdsourced funds to sequence the genome of the American Big Dipper firefly (Photinus pyralis) in order to compare it to other bioluminescent beetles, the Japanese aquatic firefly (Aquatica lateralis) and the Caribbean click beetle (Ignelater luminosus), a distant relative. The new genetic data revealed multiple evolutionary origins of bioluminescence among the beetles. Image courtesy of Radim Schreiber/FireflyExperience.org.
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On #darwinday , we’re highlighting evolutionary discoveries by @whiteheadinstitute scientists. Last year, Jing-Ke Weng’s lab found that the ability to glow evolved not once but multiple times among firefly species. Initially, the genome of the firefly

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On #DarwinDay, we’re highlighting evolutionary discoveries by @whiteheadinstitute scientists. The three-banded panther worm (Bilateria miamia) has aided Institute Member Peter Reddien’s research into the evolution of regeneration. The marine worm species is an outgroup to the group of symmetrical animals (Bilateria), letting it shed light on ancient evolution. Reddien and former postdoc Mansi Srivastava (now at Harvard University) collected the worms from the wild in Bermuda. The scientists dove into a chilly pond, finding the worms swimming among submerged mangrove leaves. With help from the panther worms, Reddien’s lab showed how muscle tissue has helped guide body part generation for at least 550 million years of evolution. Illustration by Steven Lee/Whitehead Institute, panther worm image courtesy of Kathleen Mazza-Curll and Mansi Srivastava/Whitehead Institute.
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On #darwinday , we’re highlighting evolutionary discoveries by @whiteheadinstitute scientists. The three-banded panther worm (Bilateria miamia) has aided Institute Member Peter Reddien’s research into the evolution of regeneration. The marine worm spe

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Leah Bury is excited about the possibilities of science illustration. “Art can make science more accessible,” she says. “It gives people a different access to science than they would get in a textbook or an article. She recently created an animation that summarized the key points of a paper. “You know, you have ten pages of a paper that it takes forever to read and then you have this little graphical abstract you can watch in two minutes and kind of get it,” she says. “I really like that. … Also, for me, art is relaxing. You draw something and then you’ve finished it and you’re happy.” Bury is a postdoc in Iain Cheeseman’s lab at @whiteheadinstitute, where she studies the centromere, a region of DNA with a key role in cell division. Read more of this interview in our #WhiteheadPostdocProfiles series at the link in our profile.
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Leah Bury is excited about the possibilities of science illustration. “Art can make science more accessible,” she says. “It gives people a different access to science than they would get in a textbook or an article. She recently created an animation

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It’s the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Our education programs connect students to practicing researchers at @whiteheadinstitute, offering hands-on experiences of what working in science is like. #WomenInScience .
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It’s the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Our education programs connect students to practicing researchers at @whiteheadinstitute , offering hands-on experiences of what working in science is like. #womeninscience . . . . . . @unwomen

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Postdoc Danielle Tomasello has a letter in Nature today describing the mission of her non-profit organization The Social Scientist. Our team of volunteers around the world answers questions from scientists and science enthusiasts looking for guidance, she writes. People interested in science careers can find mentors, and mentors can benefit through giving back and informal networking. Learn more: @thesocscientist .
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Postdoc Danielle Tomasello has a letter in Nature today describing the mission of her non-profit organization The Social Scientist. "Our team of volunteers around the world answers questions from scientists and science enthusiasts looking for guidanc

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This image, titled Out of Control, shows what happens when an ancient regulatory gene called Ddx4 goes haywire. Ddx4 restricts the expression of transposable elements, which are highly mobile elements of DNA that can relocate and cause issues for other genes. In this case, mice without enough Ddx4 expression became infertile due to problems in germ cell development. LINE I protein shown in green, germ line cells in red, and DNA in blue. Peter Nicholls of the @whiteheadinstitute Page lab produced this image using confocal microscopy (Zeiss LSM 700.)
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This image, titled "Out of Control," shows what happens when an ancient regulatory gene called Ddx4 goes haywire. Ddx4 restricts the expression of transposable elements, which are highly mobile elements of DNA that can relocate and cause issues for o

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“Friendships blossom through shared meals, but lunch dates can also provide lifelong companions we never intended to acquire.” Research associate Saima Sidik of Sebastian Lourido’s lab on how she chose a single-celled parasite as her study species. Read more at the link in our profile. .
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“Friendships blossom through shared meals, but lunch dates can also provide lifelong companions we never intended to acquire.” Research associate Saima Sidik of Sebastian Lourido’s lab on how she chose a single-celled parasite as her study species. R

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Searching the plant world for useful compounds, Institute Member Jing-Ke Weng has found plant products with potential for medicine, agriculture, and more. Read more on plant research at @whiteheadinstitute at the link in our bio.
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Searching the plant world for useful compounds, Institute Member Jing-Ke Weng has found plant products with potential for medicine, agriculture, and more. Read more on plant research at @whiteheadinstitute at the link in our bio. . . . . . . #plantso

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Lukas Chmatal is getting into ultra-marathons — races over 26.2 miles in length. “I ran one in the Swiss Alps last summer that was 28 miles, with an 8000-foot elevation gain, and it was so amazing that I am doing it again this year,” he says. “It was like having a sightseeing tour except instead of traveling in a car I carried myself on my own feet. Many times during the race the scenery was so breathtaking (sometime literally) that I had to stop running and stare at the incredible views.” Chmatal says he’s just one of many passionate runners at @whiteheadinstitute. As a postdoc in Institute Member David Page’s lab, he studies sex differences in cardiac disease. One condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, affects twice as many men as women. “I am trying to understanding the mechanisms underlying that bias,” Chmatal says. Read more of this installment of #WhiteheadPostdocProfiles at the link in our bio.
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Lukas Chmatal is getting into ultra-marathons — races over 26.2 miles in length. “I ran one in the Swiss Alps last summer that was 28 miles, with an 8000-foot elevation gain, and it was so amazing that I am doing it again this year,” he says. “It was

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When plants transitioned from sea to the land, they faced a new challenge—air that dried out cells and increased exposure to the sun’s UV radiation. Pollen grains are an ancient adaptation to those challenges. Their outer walls protect the plants’ genetic material from the environment. However, the structure of sporopollenin, a key building block in the wall, has remained a mystery because so few chemicals react with it. @whiteheadinstitute Member Jing-Ke Weng and colleagues determined sporopollenin’s structure using innovative methods to break it down. Understanding sporopollenin could help inspire better coatings for medical implants such as stents and for ships' hulls, to make them less reactive to their surroundings and improve their durability. Joseph Jacobowitz created this image of pine pollen grains using electron microscopy (colorized.) Read more at the link in our profile.
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When plants transitioned from sea to the land, they faced a new challenge—air that dried out cells and increased exposure to the sun’s UV radiation. Pollen grains are an ancient adaptation to those challenges. Their outer walls protect the plants’ ge

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Postdoc Ben Williams showed how a gene in Arabidopsis keeps a steady, heritable level of methylation on genes. Williams belongs to Mary Gehring’s lab, which uses the model plant to study epigenetic heredity. Read more about Williams and other plant science at Whitehead Institute at the link in our bio.
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Postdoc Ben Williams showed how a gene in Arabidopsis keeps a steady, heritable level of methylation on genes. Williams belongs to Mary Gehring’s lab, which uses the model plant to study epigenetic heredity. Read more about Williams and other plant s

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Institute Member Mary Gehring uses the model plant species Arabidopsis to uncover how epigenetic mechanisms such as methylation are passed from parents to offspring. Read more on Gehring’s work and other plant research at Whitehead Institute at the link in our bio.
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Institute Member Mary Gehring uses the model plant species Arabidopsis to uncover how epigenetic mechanisms such as methylation are passed from parents to offspring. Read more on Gehring’s work and other plant research at Whitehead Institute at the l

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Arabidopsis thaliana, a plant in the mustard family, usually doesn't grow very tall. But it’s become a giant for biology research. @whiteheadinstitute Founding Member Gerald Fink helped establish the species as a model organism for many different kinds of research questions. From hormone signaling to epigenetics, these small plants allow for big findings. Read more at the link in our profile. .
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Arabidopsis thaliana, a plant in the mustard family, usually doesn't grow very tall. But it’s become a giant for biology research. @whiteheadinstitute Founding Member Gerald Fink helped establish the species as a model organism for many different kin

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