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Toward Blood-based Cancer Detection

By | July 7, 2015

Circulating tumor cells, exosomes, and DNA can improve the diagnosis of many cancers. But are liquid biopsies ready for prime time?

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Mistaken Identities

By | January 1, 2015

Researchers are working to automate the arduous task of identifying—and amending—mislabeled sequences in genetic databases.

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DNA Ancestry for All

By | July 10, 2014

Big ad campaigns and celebrity involvement have helped increase public interest in genetic genealogy, but helping consumers understand their DNA ancestry testing results remains difficult.


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Parsing the Penis Microbiome

By | May 29, 2014

Circumcision and sexual activity are but two factors that can influence the bacterial communities that inhabit male genitalia.


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Sequencing the Tree of Life

By | April 24, 2014

Charting the progress of the various large-scale genome-sequencing projects as researchers working separately on their chosen species begin to pool analytical resources


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Recoding Life

By | January 2, 2014

Rewriting the genetic code can lead to a better understanding of how living cells work, and spawn new biotechnological applications.


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Elephants Are Aggressive, but Fish Just Bite?

By | December 5, 2013

Scientists have a hard time agreeing on how to measure an animal’s personality.


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Retracing Steps

By | November 11, 2013

Sage Bionetworks aims to show that transparency and sharing are key to ensuring research reproducibility.

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Catch My Drift?

By | October 1, 2013

Dogs are proving to be more in tune to human communication than any other animal, but how much they really understand about people’s intentions is up for debate.


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The Many Mysteries of MERS

By | September 8, 2013

As researchers test a treatment for Middle East respiratory syndrome, the deadly coronavirus that causes it slowly reveals itself.



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