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Top Technical Advances of 2019
From artificial intelligence to pluripotent stem cells, this year saw the publication of a bevy of intriguing new methods, as well as tweaks to existing protocols.
Top Technical Advances of 2019
Top Technical Advances of 2019

From artificial intelligence to pluripotent stem cells, this year saw the publication of a bevy of intriguing new methods, as well as tweaks to existing protocols.

From artificial intelligence to pluripotent stem cells, this year saw the publication of a bevy of intriguing new methods, as well as tweaks to existing protocols.

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The Push to Replace Journal Supplements with Repositories
Diana Kwon | Aug 19, 2019 | 8 min read
Broken links, clunky formats, and outdated platforms have both authors and publishers turning to alternative solutions.
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Where to Share Data Instead of Journal Supplements
Diana Kwon | Aug 19, 2019 | 2 min read
A brief guide to some of the most commonly used general-purpose repositories
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Monitoring Laboratory Equipment from Anywhere
The Scientist Creative Services Team and Eppendorf | 3 min read
A cloud-based platform offers an equipment and sample safety plan.  
Bringing the Internet of Things into the Lab
Abby Olena, PhD | Jun 1, 2018 | 8 min read
The IoT can link up many facets of research—from laboratory equipment to ideas—but scientists must be ready for the questions its implementation could raise.
Making DNA Data Storage a Reality
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2017 | 10+ min read
A few kilograms of DNA could theoretically store all of humanity’s data, but there are practical challenges to overcome.
Encouraging Digital Laboratory Management Solutions
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Eppendorf | 2 min read
A cloud-based platform enables researchers to effectively manage their laboratories.
Infographic: Writing with DNA
Catherine Offord | Sep 30, 2017 | 2 min read
Researchers devise numerous strategies to encode information into nucleic acids.
Criticism for Craig Venter’s “Face-Prediction” Software
Catherine Offord | Sep 11, 2017 | 2 min read
The tool cannot predict a person’s face from DNA, say researchers—including some listed as coauthors on the publication. 
Terabytes of Government Data Copied
Kerry Grens | Mar 8, 2017 | 3 min read
The latest stats on volunteers’ efforts in recent months to preserve environmental information generated by federal science agencies
Q&A: Encoding a Classic Film, Computer Operating System in DNA
Joshua A. Krisch | Mar 2, 2017 | 4 min read
A conversation with computer scientist Yaniv Erlich
Live Imaging Using Light-Sheet Microscopy
Kelly Rae Chi | Nov 1, 2016 | 8 min read
How to make the most of this rapidly developing technique and a look at what's on the horizon
E.U. Revises Law on Data Sharing
Bob Grant | Dec 22, 2015 | 1 min read
The newly amended legislation frees up health data, reversing an earlier provision that made it difficult for broad use of such information in research, registries, and biobanks.
Big Data Problem
Amanda B. Keener | Jul 8, 2015 | 1 min read
Scientists estimate that, in the next 10 years, the data needs of genomics will outpace those of astronomy and some social media.
Sharing Longevity Data
Matthias Ziehm | Mar 1, 2015 | 3 min read
Aging research would greatly benefit from consistently making annotated life span data available.
Google Offers Genome Storage, Analysis
Kerry Grens | Nov 11, 2014 | 1 min read
The Internet search giant joins a number of other companies offering cloud computing and genome storage.
Learning to Share
Jef Akst | Sep 29, 2014 | 1 min read
Policies instituted by the National Institutes of Health have led to more data sharing in the life sciences, according to a new report.
Publishing Data
Jef Akst | May 29, 2014 | 1 min read
Nature’s publisher launches a new peer-reviewed, online-only journal that will accept descriptions of data sets.
Sharing the Wealth
Jef Akst | May 1, 2014 | 9 min read
From research results to electronic health records, biomedical data are becoming increasingly accessible. How can scientists best capitalize on the information deluge?
Sequencing the Tree of Life
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 24, 2014 | 7 min read
Charting the progress of the various large-scale genome-sequencing projects as researchers working separately on their chosen species begin to pool analytical resources
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