DNA sequencing
100,000 British Genomes
100,000 British Genomes
Jef Akst | Dec 10, 2012
A new initiative lead by the UK’s National Health Service aims to sequence the genomes of as many as 100,000 patients, a project that will cost £100 million.
Feds Scrutinize Genomics Merger
Feds Scrutinize Genomics Merger
Bob Grant | Dec 6, 2012
A Chinese biotech company is angling to buy California-based Complete Genomics, but federal regulators are expressing security concerns and may scuttle the deal.
Top 10 Innovations 2012
Top 10 Innovations 2012
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2012
The Scientist’s 5th installment of its annual competition attracted submissions from across the life science spectrum. Here are the best and brightest products of the year.
Opinion: Learning from Transcriptomes
Opinion: Learning from Transcriptomes
David Smith | Nov 28, 2012
In the largest microbial eukaryote genetic sequencing effort ever attempted, researchers are investigating the transcriptomes of 700 marine algae species.
Searching for Alien Genomes
Searching for Alien Genomes
Jef Akst | Oct 22, 2012
J. Craig Venter plans to develop a machine to find and sequence DNA on Mars, but another genomics mogul, Jonathan Rothberg, may beat him to it.
BGI Saves Genomics Technology
Jef Akst | Sep 26, 2012
A large Chinese sequencing center’s purchase of Complete Genomics, a California-based DNA services company, ensures the valued technology will remain on the market.
DNA Data Storage
Hayley Dunning | Aug 16, 2012
Researchers code a book into DNA, demonstrating the possibility of using the biological molecule for long-term data storage.
Filling in the Missing Letters
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 3, 2012
A new algorithm brings together data from second - and third - generation genome sequencers.
Fetal Genome in Mom's Blood
Hayley Dunning | Jun 7, 2012
Scientists have sequenced the genome of an 18.5 week-old fetus using blood and saliva samples taken from the parents.
Sohini Ramachandran: Population Tracker
Megan Scudellari | Jun 1, 2012
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