Bacterial Genetics Could Help Researchers Block Interplanetary Contamination
Bacterial Genetics Could Help Researchers Block Interplanetary Contamination
Identifying microbes from Earth that can survive on spacecraft may help scientists eliminate them from future space missions and from searches for extraterrestrial life.
Bacterial Genetics Could Help Researchers Block Interplanetary Contamination
Bacterial Genetics Could Help Researchers Block Interplanetary Contamination

Identifying microbes from Earth that can survive on spacecraft may help scientists eliminate them from future space missions and from searches for extraterrestrial life.

Identifying microbes from Earth that can survive on spacecraft may help scientists eliminate them from future space missions and from searches for extraterrestrial life.

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Horizontal Gene Transfer in Bdelloid Rotifers Questioned
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
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.
California’s Owls Being Exposed to Rat Poison
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
Study: Fracking Linked to Low Birth Weight in Newborns
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 15, 2017
Scientist find that living near a hydraulic fracturing site for gas and oil extraction could have adverse effects on infant health. 
New Resource Ranks Chemical Probes for Human Proteins
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
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
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
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.
Group Proposes Strategies to Improve Antibodies
Group Proposes Strategies to Improve Antibodies
Kerry Grens | Sep 5, 2016
An expert committee encourages reagent providers to adopt one of five methods to validate products.