The Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research became financially independent from MIT in 1982. The Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research while fiscally independent is attached to MIT via the faculty members from MIT's Biology Department. It is a distinguished biomedical research institute and one of the leading genome research centers in the world. Scientists/Professors at Whitehead are distinguished in their field and have received numerous science awards and grants from the NIH as well as other private endowments. Whitehead publishes the Paradigm Magazine and displays current biomedical research on-line.

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Team solves structure of key mTORC1 activator

A research team led by scientists at the Whitehead Institute has described the structure of a key protein complex that helps activate mTORC1, a master growth regulator that enables cells to quickly respond to changing nutrient ...

The structure of master growth regulator

A team of Whitehead Institute scientists has for the first time revealed the molecular structure of a critical growth regulator bound to its partner proteins, creating a fine-grained view of how they interact to sense nutrient ...

Signaling factor seeking gene

During embryonic development, stem cells begin to take on specific identities, becoming distinct cell types with specialized characteristics and functions, in order to form the diverse organs and systems in our bodies. Cells ...

Plant characteristics shaped by parental conflict

Different subpopulations of a plant species can have distinct traits, varying in size, seed count, coloration, and so on. The primary source of this variation is genes: different versions of a gene can lead to different traits. ...

Elegant switch controls translation in transition from egg to embryo

The transition from an egg to a developing embryo is one of life's most remarkable transformations. Yet little is known about it. Now Whitehead Institute researchers have deciphered how one aspect—control of the all-important ...

Revising the meaning of 'prion'

A team of Whitehead Institute and Stanford University scientists are redefining what it means to be a prion—a type of protein that can pass heritable traits from cell to cell by its structure instead of by DNA.

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