WA State Adopts Next Generation Science Standards

Teachers from Seattle and Renton public schools brainstorm during a June 24, 2013, workshop held at Institute for Systems Biology to prepare teachers for the Next Generation Science Standards.

PRESS RELEASE SEATTLE, Oct. 3, 2013 – After a two-year process, Washington State will officially adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It is the eighth state in the country to make the commitment. Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) has been one of the…

Connecting the Dots: The Social Life of Genes

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WHAT YOU SAW IN THE NEWS: Pacific Standard Magazine published the following cover story in September 2013: The Social Life of Genes “Your DNA is not a blueprint. Day by day, week by week, your genes are in a conversation with your surroundings. Your…

Lee Hood Co-Founds New Spinout

This file photo shows Dr. Lee Hood (second from left) chatting with Dr. Al Luderer and Dr. Jim Heath (hand on chin). All three are co-founders of Indi Molecular, a new spinout from Integrated Diagnostics (Indi).

PRESS RELEASE Indi Molecular Launches with $1.5 Million Seed Round Led by InterWest Partners SEATTLE and CULVER CITY, CA, September 20, 2013 – Indi Molecular, which pioneered a synthetic replacement for antibodies, today announced that it has raised a $1.5 million seed round led…

NIH Awards $45M to Alzheimer’s Research


The National Institutes of Health announced $45 million in grants to support several research groups that are focused on Alzheimer's prevention. ISB's Price Lab will be working with the University of Florida to use systems biology to identify new therapeutic targets in the innate…

Connecting the Dots: NPR TB Story

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WHAT YOU HEARD IN THE NEWS: NPR aired this story (on Sept. 5) about research just published in the journal Nature Genetics suggesting that tuberculosis may have existed more than 70,000 years ago. Tuberculosis Hitched a Ride When Early Humans Left Africa ‘ “The…

K-12 Science Education: MESA Math Scholars Visit ISB


Just as the Seattle tourist traffic picks up in the summer, the intern and visitor traffic at ISB spikes during July and August. It’s always inspiring to see the fresh faces of high school students in our halls. On Aug. 7, the MESA Math…

ISB Joins Global Alliance


By Gustavo Glusman, ISB Senior Research Scientist ISB has joined the Global Alliance for responsible sharing of genomic and clinical data. You can read the white paper here. In the last couple of years, we (Family Genomics at ISB) moved from analyzing a handful…

To Inspire Students, We Have to Inspire their Teachers


JUNE 24, 2013 — Dr. Lee Hood, ISB’s president, says that we have to “infect” kids with the excitement of science. The same can be said about their teachers. It may even be more crucial to inspire teachers, because they’re the ones who have…

Why Does Lee Hood Travel So Much? He’s a Man on a Mission

Dr. Lee Hood in Lyon, France, where he attended a personalized medicine symposium at the European Institute for Systems Biology & Medicine.

Dr. Lee Hood believes that ISB scientists are missionaries who are spreading the power of systems biology. He is always on the road and today (June 24) he’s in Lyon, France, to attend the EISBM Symposium 2013 to give a talk on P4 medicine….

We Study Microbes Because It’s Good for Your Health


Here’s a piece adapted from Michael Pollan’s latest book “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation” which discusses how processed foods and the modern diet have made us more obese and more likely to get sick. He makes a case for eating more fermented foods…