BROAD Institute 

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A traveling art exhibit featuring portraits of children with rare diseases comes to the Broad this spring to humanize and inspire research on these conditions.

In the day-to-day routine of the academic laboratory, it can be easy to think about research as a mere series of experiments. The scientific process in biomedicine, by and large, focuses very tightly on the question, the molecule, the gene under study. This laser-like focus can sometimes appear to disconnect the researcher from the reason behind the research: the relief of human suffering.