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Our Favorite Genetics Stories of 2022
This year’s stories highlight the expanding versatility of genetic techniques and the increasing utility of such research in all life science fields.
Our Favorite Genetics Stories of 2022
Our Favorite Genetics Stories of 2022

This year’s stories highlight the expanding versatility of genetic techniques and the increasing utility of such research in all life science fields.

This year’s stories highlight the expanding versatility of genetic techniques and the increasing utility of such research in all life science fields.

genetics & genomics
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Can “Gene Writing” Deliver What Gene Editing Can’t?
Dan Robitzski | Dec 12, 2022 | 10+ min read
A biotech startup called Tessera Therapeutics has made a splash with its claims about the trademarked technology. Is the excitement justified?
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Ten Minute Sabbatical
Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon | Dec 1, 2022 | 2 min read
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse
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Present Your Paper in The Scientist’s Journal Club
The Scientist Staff | 1 min read
Apply today to share your cutting-edge research in The Scientist’s Journal Club.
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Genome Spotlight: Freshwater Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare)
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Oct 27, 2022 | 4 min read
A high school student uses crowdfunding to produce the first genome assembly for this popular aquarium species, underscoring the increasing feasibility of whole-genome sequencing.
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Obstetrics “Giant” Beryl Benacerraf Dies at 73
Katherine Irving | Oct 26, 2022 | 2 min read
Benacerraf pioneered the use of ultrasound to diagnose fetal syndromes.
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Targeted Next-Generation Sequencing with myBaits
Arbor Biosciences | 1 min read
Hybridization-based capture can provide target enrichment for more powerful next-generation sequencing.
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Ancient Viral DNA Helps Mouse Brains Fight Infection
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Oct 24, 2022 | 3 min read
Mammals that give birth to live young may have evolved to make use of the remnants of viruses in their genomes to ward off pathogens, a study suggests. 
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Fungal DNA, Cells Found in Human Tumors
Catherine Offord | Sep 30, 2022 | 2 min read
It’s not clear whether, or how, the organisms might play a role in disease pathology.
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Designing CRISPR Screens for Efficient Gene Function Analysis
The Scientist Creative Services Team and Twist Bioscience | 1 min read
Discover tips and tricks to successfully perform custom CRISPR screens.
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Genome Spotlight: C-fern (Ceratopteris richardii)
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Sep 22, 2022 | 5 min read
Sequences for the model organism and two of its kin reveal how these plants got their oversized genomes.
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Thermo Fisher DNA Collection Kits Purchased by Police in Tibet
Katherine Irving | Sep 19, 2022 | 2 min read
Government documents suggest that Chinese authorities continue to use Thermo Fisher supplies in mass collection of DNA from minority groups.
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Improving Reproducibility with Automated Liquid Handling
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Eppendorf | 2 min read
Automated liquid handling reduces manual labor and improves precision, reproducibility, and throughput.
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Science Snapshot: Pin the Domestication on the Donkey
Lisa Winter | Sep 8, 2022 | 1 min read
A genomic analysis reveals that humans domesticated donkeys more than 7,000 years ago.
Brown coral in shallow water branching upward with blue fish in front. 
Corals Upend Longstanding Idea About Genetic Inheritance
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Sep 1, 2022 | 4 min read
Most animals can’t pass on mutations that arise spontaneously throughout their lives—but Elkhorn corals can.
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September 22, 2021 - Winning Westerns Technique Talk: Perfecting Western Blotting
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Merck | 1 min read
Learn tips and tricks for optimizing Western blot experiments in this workshop.
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RNA Pioneer Christine Guthrie Dies at 77
Amanda Heidt | Sep 1, 2022 | 5 min read
Guthrie established foundational concepts in the field of pre-mRNA splicing during her career at the University of California, San Francisco.
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Infographic: The Sequencing and Assembly of the Human Genome
Brianna Chrisman and Jordan Eizenga | Sep 1, 2022 | 5 min read
With ever-advancing genetic technologies, researchers continue to document the genetic code of the human species.
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September 21, 2021 - Winning Westerns Technique Talk: Perfecting Western Blotting
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with MilliporeSigma | 1 min read
Learn tips and tricks for optimizing Western blot experiments in this workshop.
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Large Scientific Collaborations Aim to Complete Human Genome
Brianna Chrisman and Jordan Eizenga | Sep 1, 2022 | 10+ 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.
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