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Boosting Bacterial Genomes to Better Explore the Microbiome
Gang Fang’s new metagenomics method helps sequence rare bacteria.
Boosting Bacterial Genomes to Better Explore the Microbiome
Boosting Bacterial Genomes to Better Explore the Microbiome

Gang Fang’s new metagenomics method helps sequence rare bacteria.

Gang Fang’s new metagenomics method helps sequence rare bacteria.

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Infographic showing transposable elements in cancer
Infographic: Transposable elements in cancer
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2023 | 1 min read
Jumping genes are let loose in cancerous cells, with multiple effects on cell health.
Composite image showing genes radiating from tumor cells
Jumping Genes’ Role in Cancer
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2023 | 8 min read
Transposons may be key players in how tumors develop and spread, but they also keep cancer at bay in some circumstances.
Researchers can obtain epigenetic information in addition to genetic insights from a single DNA sample.
The Six-Base Genome Reveals Multimodal Data from a Single DNA Sample
The Scientist and biomodal | 4 min read
To gather multiomic insights, researchers used to combine data from multiple workflows, but duet evoC provides more information from less sample in one workflow.
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Psychedelics Slip Past Cell Membranes When Treating Depression
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Feb 24, 2023 | 4 min read
The antidepressant properties of hallucinogenic drugs may stem from their ability to bind to intracellular serotonin receptors, a study suggests.
a trio of infant mice, two brown mice on the ends and one white mouse in the middle
Mice Pass Epigenetic Tweaks to Pups
Katherine Irving | Feb 17, 2023 | 5 min read
An engineered methylation pattern persisted for four generations of mice, demonstrating transgenerational epigenetic inheritance can occur in mammals.
Epigenetic Influences and Mechanisms in Cancer
Epigenetic Influences and Mechanisms in Cancer
The Scientist Staff | 1 min read
In this webinar, Özgen Deniz and Christina Leslie will discuss how epigenetic regulation affects oncogenesis.
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Infographic: How Epigenetic Marks Can Change the Genome
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 1, 2022 | 2 min read
Although epigenetic changes were long thought to largely act on the genome, rather than as part of it, research is now showing that these patterns can, directly or indirectly, change the genetic code.
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Do Epigenetic Changes Influence Evolution?
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 1, 2022 | 10+ min read
Evidence is mounting that epigenetic marks on DNA can influence future generations in a variety of ways. But how such phenomena might affect large-scale evolutionary processes is hotly debated.
A mole-rat poses in the grass 
The Scientist Speaks - Exploring the Secrets to Longevity and Cancer Resistance in Mole-Rats
The Scientist | 1 min read
Vera Gorbunova discusses what naked and blind mole-rat cells reveal about aging and cancer resistance mechanisms. 
A cross-section of a mouse hypothalamus, where cells of the arcuate nucleus are shown in bright green at the bottom.
Methylation in Young Brains May Be Key to Obesity: Mouse Study
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Oct 19, 2022 | 4 min read
Epigenetic events, such as methylation, during early brain development in mice occur in genomic regions associated with BMI in humans, according to a new study.
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Infographic: Questions Linger About Epigenetic Inheritance
Catherine Offord | Apr 4, 2022 | 3 min read
Some studies suggest that associations between the health of children and the experiences of their parents or grandparents may be due to epigenetic mechanisms, but confounding factors challenge this interpretation.
Methylation Sequencing to Identify Potential Cancer Biomarkeres 
Methylation Sequencing in Cancer Detection
The Scientist and Twist Bioscience | 1 min read
Discover how efforts to uncover the genome's methylation patterns advance cancer detection.
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Does Human Epigenetic Inheritance Deserve a Closer Look?
Catherine Offord | Apr 4, 2022 | 10+ min read
The concept of epigenetic inheritance has long been controversial. Some researchers hope that new data on cross-generational effects of environmental exposures will help settle the debate.
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DNA Methylation Could Predict Ovarian, Breast Cancers
Anna Napolitano, PhD | Feb 11, 2022 | 5 min read
A pair of new studies finds that analyzing material from a Pap smear can reveal tumor risk in distant parts of the body, potentially allowing early interventions.
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Exposed: Environmental Echoes in Health - A Special Podcast Series
The Scientist and Van Andel Institute | 2 min read
Epigenetic experts discuss how environment and diet leave lasting impressions on the human genome.
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Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy Alters Placental Function and Fetal Growth
Roni Dengler, PhD | Feb 3, 2022 | 2 min read
Smoking during pregnancy changes marks on placental DNA, altering its responses to environmental stressors.
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Early-Life Stress Exerts Long-Lasting Effects Via Epigenome
Asher Jones | Mar 18, 2021 | 5 min read
In mice, epigenetic marks made on histones during infancy influence depression-like behavior during adulthood. A drug that reverses the genomic tags appears to undo the damage.
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Investigating Genetic and Epigenetic Landscapes with Long-Read Sequencing
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Oxford Nanopore | 1 min read
Matthew Naish will discuss what he learned about Arabidopsis thaliana centromeres from long-read sequencing experiments.
Long-Lived Trees’ Epigenetic Mutations Serve as a Molecular Clock
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2021 | 2 min read
Cells found in different branches of a tree have different patterns of DNA methylation, changes in which accumulate over time.
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