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Infographic: The Sequencing and Assembly of the Human Genome
With ever-advancing genetic technologies, researchers continue to document the genetic code of the human species.
Infographic: The Sequencing and Assembly of the Human Genome
Infographic: The Sequencing and Assembly of the Human Genome

With ever-advancing genetic technologies, researchers continue to document the genetic code of the human species.

With ever-advancing genetic technologies, researchers continue to document the genetic code of the human species.

DNA sequencing
Illustration showing a puzzle piece of DNA being removed
Large Scientific Collaborations Aim to Complete Human Genome
Brianna Chrisman and Jordan Eizenga | Sep 1, 2022 | 5+ 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.
Illustration of a DNA virus sneaking genetic material into a host’s nucleus
Infographic: Possible Mechanisms of Gene Transfer in Eukaryotes
Christie Wilcox | Jul 5, 2022 | 5+ min read
Genetic studies have made it clear that eukaryotic horizontal gene transfer can and does happen. Exactly how, though, remains speculative.
Scaling BAC on Time and Sample
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Agilent Technologies | 3 min read
A new and simplified quality control method confirms the cloning of both small and large inserts in bacterial artificial chromosomes (BACs) with significantly less time and sample.
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Horizontal Gene Transfer Happens More Often Than Anyone Thought
Christie Wilcox | Jul 5, 2022 | 5+ min read
DNA passed to and from all kinds of organisms, even across kingdoms, has helped shape the tree of life, to a large and undisputed degree in microbes and also unexpectedly in multicellular fungi, plants, and animals.
Illustration of light blue speckled DNA helix on a dark background
Study Nearly Doubles Known Cancer-Linked Mutational Signatures
Jef Akst | Apr 22, 2022 | 2 min read
Analyzing the whole genome sequences of more than 18,000 tumors, researchers catalog nearly 60 new patterns of mutations that could inform cancer treatment.
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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Nearly Complete Human Genome Sequenced
Jef Akst | Jun 8, 2021 | 2 min read
In a preprint, researchers fill in some of the holes left in the first draft of the human genetic code, published at the turn of the century.
Q&A: George Church’s Genome Up for Auction
Jef Akst | Apr 19, 2021 | 5 min read
A founder of the field of synthetic biology is selling data from his own DNA as a nonfungible token, or NFT, through Nebula Genomics, a personal genome company he cofounded.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Pharmacogenomics in Precision Medicine
The Scientist Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Sandosh Padmanabhan and Andrew Morrow will discuss how pharmacogenomics methods improve precision medicine for cardiovascular disease treatment.
Bryan Sykes, Ancestral Genetics Expert, Dies at 73
Lisa Winter | Jan 12, 2021 | 3 min read
Sykes sequenced famous ancient remains, such as Ötzi and Cheddar Man, and was one of the first researchers to use mitochondrial DNA to trace genetic lineages.
Y Chromosome from Early Modern Humans Replaced Neanderthal Y
Jef Akst | Sep 24, 2020 | 5 min read
A selective advantage may have led the modern human Y chromosome to sweep through the Neanderthal population after it was introduced via interbreeding more than 100,000 years ago.
Advances in Nucleic Acid Sequencing
The Scientist Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Download this eBook to learn how new sequencing methods revolutionize genetics research!
Gene Splicing Pioneer Dale Kaiser Dies
Ashley Yeager | Jun 29, 2020 | 5 min read
Working with a virus that infects bacteria, the Stanford University biochemist and developmental biologist helped to develop a way to stitch DNA together, a discovery that gave rise to genetic engineering.
Joachim Messing in a greenhouse with corn
Joachim Messing, Developer of Shotgun Sequencing, Dies
Shawna Williams | Oct 1, 2019 | 2 min read
In addition to his work on widely-used techniques, the researcher was known for engineering crop plants.
Ancient Genomes Reveal Clues About Native Americans’ Past
Jef Akst | Jun 6, 2019 | 2 min read
Sequences from dozens of ancient remains from Siberia reveal the closest ancient relative of Native Americans found outside of North America.
The Human Genetics of Night Owls and Early Birds
Jef Akst | Jan 31, 2019 | 2 min read
When people prefer to go to bed is linked to hundreds of variations in their genes.
Analysis of 2,000 Brains Provides Clues to Schizophrenia, Autism
Catherine Offord | Dec 14, 2018 | 2 min read
The PsychENCODE project delves into the DNA, RNA, and protein changes related to brain development and neuropsychiatric disorders, but researchers caution it’s just a first step toward treatment.
Genetic Sequencing Uncovers New Options for Multiple Myeloma Patients
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2018 | 5 min read
A small pilot study suggests the approach can identify effective treatments already approved for other cancers.
Genome, Exome, RNA Sequencing Applied to Pediatric Cancer Cases
Ashley Yeager | Oct 18, 2018 | 2 min read
Combining data from the genetic testing techniques can guide patient care, scientists say.