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Science History: The First Transgenic Arabidopsis

By Kerry Grens | October 1, 2016

Tweaks to a transformation protocol in 1986 cemented the little plant's mighty role in plant genetics research.

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Some Human Cancers Exhibit Low-grade Inflammation

By Alison F. Takemura | October 1, 2016

NSAIDs reduce this "parainflammation," hinting at how they help lower cancer risk.

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Techniques for Assessing Genomic Copy Number Variations

By Sarah C.P. Williams | October 1, 2016

As the importance of genomic copy number variations for health and disease becomes clearer, researchers are creating new ways to detect these changes in the genome.

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DNA Sequencing: From Tedious to Automatic

By Catherine Offord | October 1, 2016

Sequencing has gone from a laborious manual task costing thousands of dollars to a quick and cheap practice that is standard for many laboratories.

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Scientists Catch Translation in the Act

By Ruth Williams | October 1, 2016

Newly developed techniques from four different groups rely on the same basic steps to track translation in live cells.

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Stem Cells Made Waves in Biology and Medicine

By Karen Zusi | October 1, 2016

Since their introduction to the lab, pluripotent stem cells have gone from research tool to therapeutic, but the journey has been rocky.

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Thirty Years of Progress

By The Scientist Staff | October 1, 2016

Since The Scientist published its first issue in October 1986, life-science research has transformed from a manual and often tedious task to a high-tech, largely automated process of unprecedented efficiency.

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Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia

By Kelly Robinson and Julie Dunning Hotopp | October 1, 2016

Bacteria inhabit most tissues in the human body, and genes from some of these microbes have made their way to the human genome. Could this genetic transfer contribute to diseases such as cancer?

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Targeting the Noncoding Genome with CRISPR

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 29, 2016

Two independent groups demonstrate the utility of CRISPR-based techniques to identify regulatory elements that govern disease-linked genes. 

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Geography of Genetic Diversity

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | September 29, 2016

Mammals and amphibians show greater intraspecific genetic diversity in the tropics compared with temperate regions.

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