Juvenile vaquita
Science Snapshot: Down but Not Out
Inbreeding depression won’t bring the 10 remaining vaquitas to extinction.
ABOVE: Richard Ladkani/Terra Mater Studios/National Geographic
Science Snapshot: Down but Not Out
Science Snapshot: Down but Not Out

Inbreeding depression won’t bring the 10 remaining vaquitas to extinction.

Inbreeding depression won’t bring the 10 remaining vaquitas to extinction.

ABOVE: Richard Ladkani/Terra Mater Studios/National Geographic

genetic diversity

Deborah Nickerson
Genome Pioneer Deborah Nickerson Dies at 67
Amanda Heidt | Feb 9, 2022
The University of Washington researcher leveraged data from the Human Genome Project to identify genes underlying various health conditions and advance precision medicine.
shrew
Researchers Identify 14 New Shrew Species 
Chloe Tenn | Jan 5, 2022
The discovery, made on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, constitutes an exceptionally high number of new mammals to be described in a single paper.
A Little Help From My Friends: Lessons Learned From Microbiome Metagenomics
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Jul 2, 2020
Heather Jordan and Jennifer Wargo will discuss how metagenomics studies help uncover new and medically relevant functions of the human microbiome.
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Cell Diversity Could Spell Trouble for Animal Models of Cancer
David Adam | Nov 19, 2021
Tracking human cancers in mice shows some unexpected cell changes that could undermine translational research.  
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Protein Size Matters
David Adam | Sep 23, 2021
A study probes how genetic duplications that can swell protein length influence human traits such as height and kidney function.
Humans Domesticated Yeast Through Bread-Making: Study
Max Kozlov | Dec 11, 2020
Over centuries of cultivating Saccharomyces cerevisiae to make dough, bakers have put selective pressure on the species, causing it to diverge into two distinct groups, according to the authors.
Study Tracks Geographical Gene Flow and Ancestry in the US
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2020
The analysis adds new details to the picture of migration and mixing in a diverse country.
Sequences of African Genomes Highlights Long-Overlooked Diversity
Jef Akst | Oct 18, 2019
An analysis of more than 400 human genomes from residents of 13 African countries presented at this week’s annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics greatly expands our species’ cataloged genetic diversity.
Opinion: Greater Diversity Is Needed in Human Genomic Data
Charles Lee | Sep 1, 2019
Researchers must ensure that the inequality seen in most of today’s genomic studies and databases is corrected.
Does Our DNA Make Us All Unique or All the Same?
Bob Grant | Sep 1, 2019
A better understanding of the genetic diversity among humans could motivate an appreciation of both our similarities and our differences.
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Sep 1, 2019
Meet some of the people featured in the September 2019 issue of The Scientist.
personalized medicine
Moving Towards Individualized Medicine For All
Bob Grant | Jul 15, 2019
How we talk about the coming revolution in clinical care matters as much as the need to involve all types of people in the process.
Lack of Diversity in Genetic Datasets is Risky for Treating Disease
Ashley Yeager | Mar 21, 2019
Certain populations have been historically underrepresented in genome sequencing studies, but the NIH, private clinics, and 23andMe and other companies are trying to fix that.
Infographic: How Cities Influence Evolution
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2019
Urban environments are driving genetic changes in resident species through multiple mechanisms, from establishing gene flow barriers to exerting novel selection pressures.
Cities Can Serve as Cauldrons of Evolution
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2019
From changes in gene flow to adaptation, the effects of urbanization are shaping the evolutionary trajectories of plants and animals.
Human Birth Canal Varies More Widely than Previously Thought
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 24, 2018
The pelvic bones of women have been shaped more by random evolution than by natural selection, a new study finds.
Image of the Day: Where Have All The Pigeons Gone? 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 8, 2017
A new study sheds light on how the most abundant bird in North America went extinct. 
Advancing Techniques Reveal the Brain’s Impressive Diversity
Sara B. Linker, Fred H. Gage, Tracy A. Bedrosian | Nov 1, 2017
No two neurons are alike. What does that mean for brain function?
The Pangenome: Are Single Reference Genomes Dead?
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2016
Researchers are abandoning the concept of a list of genes sequenced from a single individual, instead aiming for a way to describe all the genetic variation within a species.