Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland. HHMI was founded in 1953 and has flourished as the foremost benefactor for basic research in the areas of molecular biology, genetics, immunology and biomedical research. HHMI has a $17.5 billion dollar endowment and yearly awards around $450 million dollars to scientists in university labs involved in scientific pursuits that coincide with industrialists Howard Hughes' goal of discovering the “genesis of life itself”.

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Axons' unexpected cytoskeleton structure

(—The plasma membranes that give cells their shapes are typically upheld by linear meshworks of the protein actin. In contrast, Howard Hughes Medical Institute scientists have now discovered that periodic ring-shaped ...

dateJan 28, 2013 in Cell & Microbiology
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JAABA: New software speeds analysis of animal behavior

(—Using new software developed at HHMI's Janelia Farm Research Campus, a computer can be trained to recognize characteristic animal behaviors like an experienced biologist. Rather than scrutinizing hours of video ...

dateDec 10, 2012 in Other
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Transcription runs like clockwork

(—It's not just a few key genes and proteins that cycle on and off in humans in a 24-hour circadian pattern as the sun rises and falls. Thousands of genes in organs throughout the body show predictable daily fluctuations, ...

dateSep 03, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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