Top Technical Advances of 2020
Top Technical Advances of 2020
The pandemic spurred innovation in a variety of ways, from CRISPR-based diagnostics to cell biology benchwork at home.
Top Technical Advances of 2020
Top Technical Advances of 2020

The pandemic spurred innovation in a variety of ways, from CRISPR-based diagnostics to cell biology benchwork at home.

The pandemic spurred innovation in a variety of ways, from CRISPR-based diagnostics to cell biology benchwork at home.

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New Protocol Advances Toward Lab-Made Universal Red Blood Cells
New Protocol Advances Toward Lab-Made Universal Red Blood Cells
Diana Kwon | Dec 17, 2020
Researchers report a new way of generating the cells from induced pluripotent stem cells in hopes they will one day be used in blood transfusions.
CRISPR’s Adaptation to Genome Editing Earns Chemistry Nobel
CRISPR’s Adaptation to Genome Editing Earns Chemistry Nobel
Amanda Heidt | Oct 7, 2020
Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna reprogrammed the bacterial immune response into one of the most popular tools for genetics and molecular biology.
Simple Tool Evaluates Mask Performance at Blocking Droplets
Simple Tool Evaluates Mask Performance at Blocking Droplets
Amanda Heidt | Aug 12, 2020
A proof-of-concept study finds some commonly used facial coverings may perform worse than no mask at all.
Bacterial Superglue Enables Antiviral Antibody Discovery
Bacterial Superglue Enables Antiviral Antibody Discovery
Ruth Williams | Jul 13, 2020
Testing out combinations of antiviral proteins from llamas could help researchers create potent virus-neutralizing multimers.
New Gene Editing Tool Corrects Mutations in Mitochondrial DNA
New Gene Editing Tool Corrects Mutations in Mitochondrial DNA
Amanda Heidt | Jul 9, 2020
An enzyme pulled from toxic bacteria can enter the organelle and perform single-nucleotide DNA swaps.
Infographic: Vaccines on Film
Infographic: Vaccines on Film
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2020
How an experimental preparation technique could make vaccines easier to transport, store, and administer
Vaccines Without Vials, Fridges, or Needles
Vaccines Without Vials, Fridges, or Needles
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2020
A novel preparation technique could facilitate vaccine preservation, transportation, and administration.
Enter Our Annual Top 10 Innovations Contest
Enter Our Annual Top 10 Innovations Contest
The Scientist Staff | Apr 28, 2020
Submit your new product now to have a chance at being selected for a coveted spot in The Scientist’s 2020 competition.
False Negatives in Quick COVID-19 Test Near 15 Percent: Study
False Negatives in Quick COVID-19 Test Near 15 Percent: Study
Lisa Winter | Apr 21, 2020
Abbott’s ID NOW test missed the most positive samples among five products given the green light by the FDA to use during the pandemic.