Stowers News

Rethinking “The Code”

Aug 12 2013

Stowers investigators show that rules governing expression of developmental genes in mouse embryonic stem cells are more nuanced than anticipated

LEC: A multi-purpose tool

Aug 8 2013

Stowers investigators’ study reveals key piece of RNA-splicing machinery

KANSAS CITY, MO—A little-studied factor known as the Little Elongation Complex (LEC) plays a critical and previously unknown role in the transcription of small nuclear RNAs (snRNA), according to a new study led by scientists at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and published in the Aug. 22, 2013, issue of the journal Molecular Cell.

Once again, Stowers Institute ranks among the top three places to work

Aug 1 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO—For the second year running, The Scientist magazine placed the Stowers Institute for Medical Research among the top three “Best Places to Work in Academia.”

In the magazine’s 10th and final annual survey, Stowers scientists cited the institute’s infrastructure and environment as well as the research resources available to them as the key factors that give the Stowers the “core strength” that lifted the institute into the #3 spot.

A flip of the mitotic spindle has disastrous consequences for epithelial cells

Jul 22 2013

Stowers investigators use genetics and live cell imaging to illuminate molecular mechanisms that position the cell division machinery in growing tissues

Keeping the reserve force home

Jul 17 2013

Genomic imprinting maintains a reserve pool of blood-forming stem cells in mouse bone marrow

Same musicians: brand new tune

May 14 2013

Stowers investigators discover how an unusual interplay of signaling pathways shapes a critical eye structure

Peter Baumann named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

May 9 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO—Stowers Institute Investigator Peter Baumann, Ph.D., has been appointed to the prestigious position of Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator. Baumann, who currently holds an HHMI Early Career Scientist appointment, is among only 27 biomedical scientists chosen from among 1155 applications submitted in a nationwide competition.

Finding Nematostella: an ancient sea creature shines new light on how animals build an appendage

May 1 2013

Study of tentacle-formation in a sea anemone shows how epithelial cells form elongated structures and puts the spotlight on a new model organism

KANSAS CITY, MO—There’s a new actor on the embryology stage: the starlet sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. Its career is being launched in part by Stowers Institute for Medical Research Associate Investigator Matt Gibson, Ph.D., who is giving it equal billing with what has been his laboratory’s leading player, the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

Stowers Investigator elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Apr 24 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO—Stowers Institute Investigator Jerry Workman, Ph.D., has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Workman shares the honor with some of the world's most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts.

Polo takes the bait

Mar 13 2013

A better “mousetrap” discovered in fruit flies might stop a human cancer-driving kinase in its tracks

KANSAS CITY, MO—A seemingly obscure gene in the female fruit fly that is only active in cells that will become eggs has led researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research to the discovery of a atypical protein that lures, traps, and inactivates the powerful Polo kinase, widely considered the master regulator of cell division. Its human homolog, Polo-like kinase-1 (Plk1), is misregulated in many types of cancer.

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