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The ripples of a life

20 years after Dr. Harold Weintraub’s death, his life — and his research — are still making a difference

May 1, 2015 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Twenty years after his death at the age of 49, friends, family and colleagues remember Dr. Hal Weintraub — and gather today at the Weintraub Graduate Student Award symposium established in his honor.

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Muscle or neuron? A simple swap can redirect cell fate

Alter just one section of the protein responsible for making a muscle cell a muscle cell — and it makes nerve cells instead

March 19, 2015 | By Dr. Sabrina Richards / Fred Hutch News Service

Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center discovered that the power to turn precursor stem cells into muscle cells or neurons lies in one small section of the gene-orchestrating proteins. When they replaced this segment of the muscle-specific protein, called MyoD, with the corresponding segment from the neuronal protein, MyoD transformed into a protein that pushed cells down the path of neuronal development. The team’s findings, published March 19 in Cell Reports, could have wider implications for researchers looking to hobble the genetic programs cancer cells coopt in order to grow unrestrainedly.

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Unique Fred Hutch, Glaxosmithkline partnership will target muscular dystrophy

Agreement merges Dr. Stephen Tapscott’s breakthrough research on facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy with drug-discovery expertise

Dec. 17, 2012 | By Dean Forbes

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