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Whitehead Institute

  • By: Johnathan Ebben & John S. Kuo
  • In: Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research
  • Edited by: Clive N. Svendsen & Allison D. Ebert
  • Subject:Ethics in Health Care (general), Medical Research

THE WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE for Biomédical Research is a unique and innovative research institution that stresses creativity and scientific innovation primarily focused in the biological and biomédical sciences. The Whitehead Institute is the product of a partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Edwin C. Whitehead, a philanthropist who donated substantial funding to establish the Whitehead Institute in 1982. Today, the Whitehead Institute is a vibrant research institution that continues to play an important and leading role in many areas of biological research, including the stem cell field.

Philosophy and History of the Whitehead Institute

Edwin C. Whitehead, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist, conceived the original vision of the Whitehead Institute. Whitehead recognized the value of direct research as a means to develop therapies to help ...

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