DNA sequencing
US Government to Repatriate Kennewick Man
US Government to Repatriate Kennewick Man
Bob Grant | Apr 29, 2016
A 2015 ancient DNA study determined that the 8,500-year-old skeletal remains belonged to an individual of Native American ancestry. Now, the US Army Corp of Engineers has begun the process of returning the bones to their rightful owners.
Former Affymetrix Employees Fail to Stop Thermo Fisher Takeover
Former Affymetrix Employees Fail to Stop Thermo Fisher Takeover
Bob Grant | Mar 22, 2016
Their $1.5 billion bid, which topped Thermo Fisher Scientific’s $1.3 billion offer for the genetic analysis company, was rejected.
Spoiler Alert
Spoiler Alert
Wudan Yan | Mar 1, 2016
How to store microbiome samples without losing or altering diversity
Nanopore Sequencing Lawsuit
Nanopore Sequencing Lawsuit
Catherine Offord | Feb 29, 2016
Illumina accuses Oxford Nanopore Technologies of developing nanopore-based sequencing strategies covered by its patents.
Ancient Irish
Ancient Irish
Jef Akst | Dec 30, 2015
The genomes of a 5,200-year-old woman and three 4,000-year-old men yield clues about the founding of Celtic populations.
Year in Review: Spotlight on Ancient DNA
Year in Review: Spotlight on Ancient DNA
Bob Grant | Dec 30, 2015
Several studies using centuries-old genetic material graced the pages of life-science journals in 2015. Here’s a look at a few of the researchers and papers that made headlines this year.
Denisovan DNA Reveals Human Roots
Denisovan DNA Reveals Human Roots
Bob Grant | Nov 19, 2015
The ancient genomes of 50,000-year-old Denisovan teeth suggest the extinct species lived alongside Neanderthals and modern humans.
Bronze Age Plague Sequenced
Bronze Age Plague Sequenced
Karen Zusi | Oct 26, 2015
Plague-causing bacteria may have been around as early as 5,000 years ago, though a genomic analysis suggests that ancient strains were less contagious.
New Virus Discovered in Human Blood
New Virus Discovered in Human Blood
Jef Akst | Sep 23, 2015
Researchers identify a novel virus in blood samples taken in the 1970s.
Characterizing DNA Quadruplexes
Characterizing DNA Quadruplexes
Jef Akst | Sep 10, 2015
Researchers are developing new techniques to better understand how and why knots of DNA are distributed throughout the genome.