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Could Cancer’s Microbiome Help Diagnose and Treat the Disease?
A growing appreciation of the bacterial assemblages that live within tumors has researchers striving to understand and capitalize on their role.
ABOVE: composite from: © istock.com, CIPhotos; © istock.com, SiberianArt
Could Cancer’s Microbiome Help Diagnose and Treat the Disease?
Could Cancer’s Microbiome Help Diagnose and Treat the Disease?

A growing appreciation of the bacterial assemblages that live within tumors has researchers striving to understand and capitalize on their role.

A growing appreciation of the bacterial assemblages that live within tumors has researchers striving to understand and capitalize on their role.

ABOVE: composite from: © istock.com, CIPhotos; © istock.com, SiberianArt

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Illustration showing microbial signatures of cancer in the body
Infographic: Putting Cancer’s Unique Microbiomes to Use
Jef Akst | Mar 14, 2022
From diagnosis to tracking treatment responses, bacteria and other microbes in the blood, gut, and tumors of cancer patients may provide helpful hints for improving their care.
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Consortium Identifies Risks of Viral Contamination in Biopharma
Emma Yasinski | Apr 27, 2020
Nine of the 20 pharma companies that participated in a study had experienced at least one viral contamination event between 1985 and 2018.
Technique Talk: Purifying Plant-Based Endogenous Biomolecules
Technique Talk: Purifying Plant-Based Endogenous Biomolecules
The Scientist Creative Services Team | May 5, 2022
Learn how reagents affect plant nucleic acids and jeopardize downstream PCR work.
Variation in Cannabis Testing Challenges a Young Industry
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2020
The US lacks standardized methods to assess products for potency and safety. That’s a big problem for the labs tasked with doing the testing.
Shuping Wang, Public Health Whistleblower, Dies
Emily Makowski | Sep 30, 2019
The physician and researcher challenged the Chinese government over her findings of widespread hepatitis and HIV contamination during blood collection.
June 11, 2021 - Technique Talk: Optimizing PCR Quality and Yield
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Merck | May 6, 2021
In this workshop, explore the importance of sample quality and polymerase selection for PCR quality and yield. 
Fossilized Dino Bones Are Home to Diverse Microbial Communities
Catherine Offord | Jun 28, 2019
A study fails to detect ancient proteins among the microbes, adding to the debate about whether peptides can survive tens of millions of years underground.
Bacterial Genetics Could Help Researchers Block Interplanetary Contamination
Ashley Yeager | Aug 1, 2018
Identifying microbes from Earth that can survive on spacecraft may help scientists eliminate them from future space missions and from searches for extraterrestrial life.
June 9, 2021 - Technique Talk: Optimizing PCR Quality and Yield
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with MilliporeSigma | Mar 29, 2021
In this workshop, explore the importance of sample quality and polymerase selection for PCR quality and yield. 
Horizontal Gene Transfer in Bdelloid Rotifers Questioned
Abby Olena | Jul 12, 2018
A re-analysis of sequencing data from a 2016 study of these tiny metazoans reveals possible contamination, rather than an exchange of DNA among species.
Roland Nardone, Advocate for Cell-Line Authentication, Dies
Kerry Grens | Jul 11, 2018
The Catholic University of America professor was also known for his summer workshops on the latest techniques.
NGS Library QC: Two Steps, One Instrument
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with DeNovix | Mar 23, 2021
A combination spectrophotometer/fluorometer simplifies nucleic acid concentration and purity measurements.
California’s Owls Being Exposed to Rat Poison
Catherine Offord | Jan 14, 2018
Researchers suspect the source of the toxins may be some of the state’s 50,000 or so marijuana farms.
Study: Fracking Linked to Low Birth Weight in Newborns
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 14, 2017
Scientist find that living near a hydraulic fracturing site for gas and oil extraction could have adverse effects on infant health. 
Is Your PCR Reaction Healthy?
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Oct 19, 2020
In this webinar brought to you by MilliporeSigma, explore how improving nucleic acid extraction is vital for PCR robustness. 
New Resource Ranks Chemical Probes for Human Proteins
Abby Olena | Dec 14, 2017
With many probes being seriously flawed, Probe Miner helps researchers find those that are most specific and effective for manipulating their chosen proteins.
Image of the Day: Plastic Feast
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Oct 30, 2017
New research suggests that plastic might just “taste good” to hard corals.
Papers Based on Misidentified Cell Lines Top 32,000
Kerry Grens | Oct 16, 2017
An analysis of contaminated literature finds that tens of thousands of papers used cell lines of questionable origins—and these were in turn cited by hundreds of thousands of other papers.
Cross-Sample Sequencing Contamination Galore
Ruth Williams | Apr 5, 2017
Scientists conducting a large-scale, comparative transcriptomics project have inadvertently highlighted widespread contamination in sequencing data.