Environmental DNA Can Be Pulled from the Air
Environmental DNA Can Be Pulled from the Air
A proof-of-concept study uses eDNA in the air to detect mammals, expanding the technique beyond aquatic sampling.
Environmental DNA Can Be Pulled from the Air
Environmental DNA Can Be Pulled from the Air

A proof-of-concept study uses eDNA in the air to detect mammals, expanding the technique beyond aquatic sampling.

A proof-of-concept study uses eDNA in the air to detect mammals, expanding the technique beyond aquatic sampling.

agrin, genetics & genomics
Cancer May Be Driven by DNA Outside of Chromosomes
Cancer May Be Driven by DNA Outside of Chromosomes
Paul Mischel | Apr 1, 2021
In the last decade, researchers have come to realize that tumors harbor bits of extrachromosomal DNA that can drive malignancy.
Contributors
Contributors
Asher Jones, Kerry Grens | Apr 1, 2021
Meet some of the people featured in the April 2021 issue of The Scientist.
“Rogue” Protein Could Contribute to Humans’ High Cancer Rates
“Rogue” Protein Could Contribute to Humans’ High Cancer Rates
Asher Jones | Apr 1, 2021
A mutant protein called Siglec-XII may promote carcinoma progression in humans, but inactivation of its gene seems to avoid the problem, according to a study.
Infographic: The Role of Extrachromosomal DNA in Cancer
Infographic: The Role of Extrachromosomal DNA in Cancer
Paul Mischel | Apr 1, 2021
Researchers are uncovering how circular bits of DNA found in some cancer cells can help tumors evolve and kill.
Genetic Variants Tied to Sex Differences in Psychiatric Disorders
Genetic Variants Tied to Sex Differences in Psychiatric Disorders
Amanda Heidt | Mar 31, 2021
The largest study of its kind identifies single nucleotide polymorphisms with disparate effects on men’s and women’s susceptibility to conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Gene Exchange Among Gut Bacteria Is Linked to Industrialization
Gene Exchange Among Gut Bacteria Is Linked to Industrialization
Catherine Offord | Mar 31, 2021
A study of human populations around the world detects differing rates of horizontal gene transfer in the microbiome depending on what kind of society those people live in.
Mary Jeanne Kreek, Methadone Developer, Dies at 84
Mary Jeanne Kreek, Methadone Developer, Dies at 84
Asher Jones | Mar 31, 2021
A physician and neurobiologist at the Rockefeller University who specialized in addiction research, Kreek was best known for her work on developing the treatment for heroin addiction.
First Report of Horizontal Gene Transfer Between Plant and Animal
First Report of Horizontal Gene Transfer Between Plant and Animal
Emma Yasinski | Mar 25, 2021
Whiteflies overcome a toxin in plants they eat through the use of the plant’s own genetic protection, likely ferried from plant to insect millions of years ago by a virus.
Q&A: Data Gaps Hinder Monitoring of SARS-COV-2 Variants
Q&A: Data Gaps Hinder Monitoring of SARS-COV-2 Variants
Jef Akst | Mar 24, 2021
Martha Nelson of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases talks about the need to balance data sharing and patient privacy concerns when tracking the spread of variants.