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Venter's New Venture

By | March 5, 2014

The genomics pioneer is starting a new company that aims to tackle the mysteries of human aging.

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Air Traffic

By | March 1, 2014

Scientists use DNA sequencing to identify what’s attracting birds to airports, where midair collisions with planes can be devastating.

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Contributors

By | March 1, 2014

Meet some of the people featured in the March 2014 issue of The Scientist.

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Keys to the Minibar

By | March 1, 2014

Degraded DNA from museum specimens, scat, and other sources has thwarted barcoding efforts, but researchers are filling in the gaps with mini-versions of characteristic genomic stretches.

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The Benefits of Barcoding

By | March 1, 2014

Watch DNA barcoder Mehrdad Hajibabaei from the University of Guelph describe the technology’s potential.

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Should Standard Prenatal Screening be Scrapped?

By | February 28, 2014

Researchers suggest that a new prenatal DNA test should become the new standard to detect Down syndrome in fetuses.

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For Whom the Biomarkers Toll?

By | February 27, 2014

Study finds that a handful of biological indicators can predict a healthy person’s risk of dying within five years.

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MERS Common in Camels

By | February 25, 2014

Study suggests many camels in Saudi Arabia are infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus at some point in their lives.

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Paper-Based Cancer Test?

By | February 25, 2014

Nanoscale agents that detect disease-associated synthetic biomarkers in urine could one day streamline the diagnosis of tumors, heart disease, and more.

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Next Generation: Sensor-Laden Sheath to Monitor the Heart

By | February 25, 2014

A flexible, sensor-loaded membrane that fits snugly around the heart provides high-resolution monitoring of multiple cardiac health markers.

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