MAR 23, 2015 09:17 PM PDT

Google Teams With MIT, Harvard for Genetics Research Project

Google-supported biotech firm Calico is collaborating with Harvard and MIT's Broad Institute on a new initiative centered on studying aging-related diseases.

Both parties will work together to analyze the "biology and genetics of aging" to further understand diseases, such as hypertension and atherosclerosis, and utilize the research findings to formulate treatments, according to the press release the Broad Institute published on March 17.

Said Calico CEO Art Levinson in a statement, "This alliance is a key part of Calico's strategy to bring the best cutting-edge science to bear on problems of aging. The Broad Institute is one of the nation's preeminent research organizations whose outstanding research has repeatedly revealed fundamental mechanisms of the biology and genetics of disease."

The Broad Institute, a joint venture between Harvard and MIT, is an 11-year-old establishment filled with scientists studying the underlying causes of cancer, infectious diseases, and other pathogens.

Calico, though, remains shrouded in mystery. Google introduced the company to the world in September 2013 with a mission to "cure death."

Details are still vague on how Calico will accomplish this goal.

However, this agreement with the Broad Institute is the second research and development partnership Calico has constructed within its brief existence.

Last year, the startup struck a multi-million dollar R&D deal with Chicago-based drugmaker AbbVie to find potential cures for cancer and Alzheimer's.

No financial details were disclosed in this announcement.
About the Author
  • Ilene Schneider is the owner of Schneider the Writer, a firm that provides communications for health care, high technology and service enterprises. Her specialties include public relations, media relations, advertising, journalistic writing, editing, grant writing and corporate creativity consulting services. Prior to starting her own business in 1985, Ilene was editor of the Cleveland edition of TV Guide, associate editor of School Product News (Penton Publishing) and senior public relations representative at Beckman Instruments, Inc. She was profiled in a book, How to Open and Operate a Home-Based Writing Business and listed in Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in Advertising and Who's Who in Media and Communications. She was the recipient of the Women in Communications, Inc. Clarion Award in advertising. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Ilene and her family have lived in Irvine, California, since 1978.
You May Also Like
AUG 30, 2018
Cell & Molecular Biology
AUG 30, 2018
Simultaneously Assaying Gene Expression and Chromatin Availability
Traditional tools often focus on one aspect of a cell, but a new technique can assay the expression of 1000s of genes in 1000s of cells at once....
SEP 04, 2018
Drug Discovery
SEP 04, 2018
Cellular Mechanism Inspires Bone-Forming Drugs
There exists a certain amount of therapeutic drugs that treat osteoporosis by promoting bone formation in comparison to only a few drugs used to suppress b...
SEP 14, 2018
Genetics & Genomics
SEP 14, 2018
Gout Risk Linked to Small Genetic Change
Interestingly, this genetic variation is not within the coding portion of a gene; it lies adjacent to it....
NOV 05, 2018
Genetics & Genomics
NOV 05, 2018
Trying to Repair Age-related Gut Damage
As we age, our intestinal lining gets more permeable; sometimes called leaky gut, and it can wreak havoc on our bodies....
NOV 12, 2018
Microbiology
NOV 12, 2018
Some Bacteria Gain Resistance Even Without Exposure to Antibiotics
Most bacteria are harmless, some are even beneficial to us. But some of the dangerous ones pose a real threat to public health....
NOV 20, 2018
Genetics & Genomics
NOV 20, 2018
Scientists Link Three Genes to Miscarriage
A miscarriage can be a devastating experience, and researchers are trying to learn more about genetic factors that may influence it....
Loading Comments...