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Ancient Humans Had Hepatitis B

By Abby Olena | May 9, 2018

Analyses of more than 300 ancient human genomes show that Hepatitis B virus has infected humans for at least 4,500 years and has much older origins than modern viral genomes would suggest.

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Ambry Genetics CEO Aaron Elliott discusses his team’s recent analysis of 20,000 clinical next-generation sequencing panels.

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Spiders, Prey Leave DNA

By Bob Grant | November 30, 2015

A study of black widow spiders suggests that the arachnids leave traces of their own genetic material and DNA from prey in their sticky webs.

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TS Live: Genetic Time Machine

By Bob Grant | June 12, 2015

Piecing together scraps of DNA from a 400,000-year-old hominin femur

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What’s Old Is New Again

By Bob Grant | June 1, 2015

Revolutionary new methods for extracting, purifying, and sequencing ever-more-ancient DNA have opened an unprecedented window into the history of life on Earth.

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Cancer-Driving Mutations Common in Normal Skin Cells

By Anna Azvolinsky | May 21, 2015

A deep-sequencing analysis reveals that non-malignant skin cells harbor many more cancer-driving mutations than previously expected. 

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Corn Chronicle

By Molly Sharlach | January 8, 2015

A genetic analysis of ancient and modern maize clarifies the crop’s checkered domestication history.

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Science Setbacks: 2014

By Molly Sharlach | December 25, 2014

This year in life science was marked by paltry federal funding increases, revelations of sequence contamination, and onerous regulations.

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Next-Gen Sequencing User Survey

By Christi Bird | November 1, 2014

Outsourcing is still the rule and data analysis, the bottleneck.

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Air Traffic

By Tracy Vence | 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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