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Alma Dal Co wears a blue shirt and red necklace and uses a pointer to examine a component of a laboratory machine.
Microbial Ecologist Alma Dal Co Dies in Diving Accident
At 33, Dal Co had already founded her own microbial ecology lab at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.
Microbial Ecologist Alma Dal Co Dies in Diving Accident
Microbial Ecologist Alma Dal Co Dies in Diving Accident

At 33, Dal Co had already founded her own microbial ecology lab at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

At 33, Dal Co had already founded her own microbial ecology lab at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

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How to Fix Science's Code Problem
Katarina Zimmer | Sep 12, 2022 | 10 min read
Despite increasingly strict journal policies requiring the release of computational code files along with research papers, many scientists remain reluctant to share—underscoring the need for better solutions.
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Infographic: The Sequencing and Assembly of the Human Genome
Brianna Chrisman and Jordan Eizenga | Sep 1, 2022 | 5 min read
With ever-advancing genetic technologies, researchers continue to document the genetic code of the human species.
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Breaking Through Big Data Bottlenecks
Tecan | 1 min read
Discover how machine learning helps scientists accelerate their research.  
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Large Scientific Collaborations Aim to Complete Human Genome
Brianna Chrisman and Jordan Eizenga | Sep 1, 2022 | 10+ min read
Thirty years out from the start of the Human Genome Project, researchers have finally finished sequencing the full 3 billion bases of a person’s genetic code. But even a complete reference genome has its shortcomings.
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New Studies Enable a Clearer View Inside Cells
Andrew Chapman | Nov 4, 2021 | 5 min read
Armed with improved imaging techniques and supercomputers, researchers are generating detailed three-dimensional images of cellular structures that anyone can explore.
Filling in the Gaps: Sequencing the Entire Human Genome
The Scientist Speaks - Filling in the Gaps: Sequencing the Entire Human Genome
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | 1 min read
Karen Miga discusses how she and collaborators sequenced the missing parts of the human genome almost two decades after the first Human Genome Project published its results.
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Scientists Oppose NSF’s New Graduate Fellowship Priority
Kerry Grens | Aug 7, 2020 | 2 min read
More than 3,000 researchers have signed on to a petition that expresses concern over the agency’s 2021 application for the funding program, which emphasizes three areas of computational science and might further disadvantage underrepresented groups.
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Computational Biologist Bing Liu Dies in Suspected Murder
Kerry Grens | May 7, 2020 | 1 min read
The University of Pittsburgh scientist, who was studying SARS-CoV-2, was shot to death in his home.
The Scientist Speaks Ep. 16 - At the Breaking Point: Mitochondrial Deletions and the Brain
The Scientist Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Researchers characterize large mitochondrial deletions to understand their implications in neurological disorders.
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Crowdsourced Protein Simulation Exceeds Supercomputers’ Power
Shawna Williams | Apr 15, 2020 | 2 min read
Folding@Home, currently focused on deciphering the workings of SARS-CoV-2, is the first project to have exascale-level computational muscle.
Computational Biologist James Taylor Dies
Lisa Winter | Apr 7, 2020 | 2 min read
The Johns Hopkins University professor was a co-developer of the Galaxy platform, an open-source bioinformatics tool used in labs around the world.
Accelerating Discovery in the Age of a Pandemic
The Scientist Creative Services Team | 2 min read
An expert panel will present how synthetic biology accelerates the development of diagnostics, therapeutics, and the medicinal pipeline.
COVID-19 Vaccine Developers Gain Enhanced Access to Supercomputers
Lisa Winter | Mar 27, 2020 | 2 min read
Federal agencies, academic institutions, and industrial partners are joining forces to combat COVID-19 using artificial intelligence.
Homo sapiens Might Not Be Responsible for Neanderthal Demise
Catherine Offord | Nov 29, 2019 | 2 min read
Researchers’ simulations suggest that small population sizes and inbreeding made Neanderthal populations vulnerable to chance fluctuations in population size.
The Scientist Speaks Podcast - Episode 12
The Scientist Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Decoding Smell: Demystifying Human Disease and Behavior
Machine Learning Optimizes Images for Stimulating Monkey Neurons
Ruth Williams | May 2, 2019 | 5 min read
Neural networks generate abstract images designed to activate particular cells, lending insight into their function.
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AI Uses Images and Omics to Decode Cancer
Amber Dance | May 1, 2019 | 10 min read
Machine learning can analyze photographs of cancer, tumor pathology slides, and genomes. Now, scientists are poised to integrate that information into cancer uber-models.
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Robert Murphy Bets Self-Driving Instruments Will Crack Biology’s Mysteries
Shawna Williams | May 1, 2019 | 9 min read
The Carnegie Mellon computational biologist thinks machine learning algorithms can direct high-throughput experiments to solve the field’s unanswered questions.
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A Primer: Artificial Intelligence Versus Neural Networks
Jef Akst | May 1, 2019 | 2 min read
A brief history of AI, machine learning, artificial neural networks, and deep learning.
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