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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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Genome Digest

By Amanda B. Keener | May 21, 2015

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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Cancer Sequencing Controls

By Ruth Williams | April 15, 2015

Comparing a patient’s tumor DNA sequence with that of her normal tissue can improve researchers’ identification of disease-associated mutations.

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Ancestry.com Adds New Genetics Service

By Bob Grant | April 6, 2015

The genealogy company is advertising a new DNA test that can reportedly connect users to their ancestors back to the 1700s.

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Quorum-Sensing Molecule Modifies Gut Microbiota

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 19, 2015

Increasing the abundance of a chemical some microbes use to communicate with one another can help reinstate beneficial bacterial populations in the guts of antibiotic-treated mice. 

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Subway Microbiome

By Jef Akst | February 9, 2015

Researchers document the bacterial life living among New York City’s transit stations.

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Royal Remains Confirmed

By Molly Sharlach | December 3, 2014

Bones unearthed in 2012 are likely those of King Richard III, a new DNA analysis shows.

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Top 10 Innovations 2014

By The Scientist Staff | December 1, 2014

The list of the year’s best new products contains both perennial winners and innovative newcomers.

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The Ocular Microbiome

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | October 1, 2014

Researchers are beginning to study in depth the largely uncharted territory of the eye’s microbial composition.

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2014 Top 10 Innovations: Last Chance to Submit

By Bob Grant | September 15, 2014

The Scientist’s annual search for the best and brightest life science innovations is drawing to a close. Submit your new product or methodology today for a chance to win!

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