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2022 Top 10 Innovations
2022 Top 10 Innovations
This year’s crop of winning products features many with a clinical focus and others that represent significant advances in sequencing, single-cell analysis, and more.
2022 Top 10 Innovations
2022 Top 10 Innovations

This year’s crop of winning products features many with a clinical focus and others that represent significant advances in sequencing, single-cell analysis, and more.

This year’s crop of winning products features many with a clinical focus and others that represent significant advances in sequencing, single-cell analysis, and more.

biotechnology
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Plant Biologist Jane Silverthorne Dies at 69
Katherine Irving | Nov 8, 2022 | 2 min read
Silverthorne shaped the development of many NSF programs driving innovation in plant biology and agriculture. 
An adhesive patch designed by researchers at MIT on a blue background
Small Wearable Patch Performs Continuous Ultrasound
Catherine Offord | Jul 29, 2022 | 2 min read
A device designed by researchers at MIT can image the wearer’s internal organs for up to 48 hours, even as that person exercises, so long as they stay wired up to imaging equipment.
Key Strategies for Better Stem Cell Workflows
Solutions for Optimizing Stem Cell Therapy Development
Sartorius | 1 min read
Discover how process knowledge is integral to stem cell workflow improvement and optimization.
A gloved hand holds a tweezer and pulls a section of DNA away from a double helix
First Person Dosed in Novel Gene Editing Clinical Trial
Amanda Heidt | Jul 12, 2022 | 4 min read
The biotech company Verve Therapeutics launched the study with the aim of using base editing to treat a genetic condition that causes high cholesterol and increases a person's risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
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Last Chance to Enter Our Annual Top 10 Innovations Contest
The Scientist Staff | Jul 11, 2022 | 1 min read
There is only one week remaining to submit your new product to vie for a coveted spot in The Scientist’s 2022 competition.
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Canada Approves World’s First Plant-Based COVID-19 Vaccine
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Feb 25, 2022 | 2 min read
Canada has ordered 76 million doses of Covifenz, the main ingredient of which was manufactured in the leaves of a tobacco relative.
Top 10 Innovations 2021
2021 Top 10 Innovations
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2021 | 10+ min read
The COVID-19 pandemic is still with us. Biomedical innovation has rallied to address that pressing concern while continuing to tackle broader research challenges.
photograph of a woman wearing a face mask embedded with SARS-CoV-2 sensors
Researchers Create Pathogen-Sensing Face Mask
Annie Melchor | Jul 5, 2021 | 5 min read
The masks contain freeze-dried, cell-free biosensors, enabling them to detect pathogens including SARS-CoV-2.
Women looks at computer screen in a lab coat and mask
Quest for Research Freedom Fuels African Biotech Boom
Linda Nordling | Jul 1, 2021 | 6 min read
Tired of dancing to the tunes of international funders, and doubtful that long-promised national grants will come, a handful of African biomedical scientists have turned to private investors to bankroll their dreams of autonomy in the lab.
Opinion: Europe Is Sinking Biotech—Again
Robert Paarlberg | Feb 1, 2021 | 3 min read
Scientifically groundless regulations could undercut the potential of gene-edited crops, much as they have with GMOs.
FDA Clears Genetic Modification in Pigs for Biomedicine and Food
Catherine Offord | Dec 15, 2020 | 2 min read
The decision, which concerns the removal of a sugar molecule on the surface of cells in a line of domestic pigs, marks the first time an approval has been granted for both purposes simultaneously.
Image of the Day: Defective Cilia
Amy Schleunes | Apr 7, 2020 | 1 min read
Super-resolution imaging identifies abnormalities in the hair-like protrusions on a cell’s surface and may help facilitate earlier detection of primary ciliary dyskinesia.
Image of the Day: Synthetic Scaffolds
Amy Schleunes | Feb 27, 2020 | 1 min read
Three-dimensional polymer matrices offer researchers a new representation of the extracellular matrix that can be used to study the growth of cancer cells.
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Genome-Edited Hornless Cows’ Offspring Are Healthy: Study
Kerry Grens | Oct 9, 2019 | 2 min read
All six calves inherited the gene for preventing horn growth, but four also got a piece of the plasmid used to introduce the sequence to their dad—complicating regulatory approval.
New Tissue Clearing Methods Offer a Window into the Brain
Andy Tay | Oct 1, 2019 | 7 min read
Researchers are developing a variety of approaches for clearing neural tissue to get a better view of the brain’s circuitry.
Timing and Order of Molecular Events Recorded in Live Cells’ DNA
Ruth Williams | Aug 22, 2019 | 3 min read
Genetic engineers have co-opted base editing machinery to enable information storage and processing in the DNA of bacterial and mammalian cells.
cryopreservation facility
Immune Cell Bank Bets on Future CAR T Success
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 16, 2019 | 6 min read
The company Cell Vault offers to hold consumers’ T cells for later use, but scientists suggest the service would benefit very few users.
Extended Until August 19: Enter Our Top 10 Innovations Contest Today
The Scientist Staff | Aug 12, 2019 | 1 min read
Submit your new product by the end of the day Monday to have a chance at being selected for a coveted spot in The Scientist's 2019 competition.
LOCKR de novo protein designed to function as a molecular switch
Designer Protein Acts as a Switch for Cellular Circuitry
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 25, 2019 | 2 min read
Unlike biotech tools adapted from nature, the invention was entirely conceived by humans and represents one of the few proteins made from scratch in the lab.
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