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Ancient Humans Had Hepatitis B
Abby Olena | May 9, 2018
Analyses of more than 300 ancient human genomes show that Hepatitis B virus has infected humans for at least 4,500 years and has much older origins than modern viral genomes would suggest.
Q&A: Confirming Next-Gen Sequencing Results with Sanger
Tracy Vence | Oct 11, 2016
Ambry Genetics CEO Aaron Elliott discusses his team’s recent analysis of 20,000 clinical next-generation sequencing panels.
Spiders, Prey Leave DNA
Bob Grant | Nov 30, 2015
A study of black widow spiders suggests that the arachnids leave traces of their own genetic material and DNA from prey in their sticky webs.
Technique Talk: Designing and Optimizing RNA-seq Experiments
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Aug 31, 2021
Learn how to select and perfect RNA-seq technologies to answer specific research questions.
TS Live: Genetic Time Machine
Bob Grant | Jun 12, 2015
Piecing together scraps of DNA from a 400,000-year-old hominin femur
What’s Old Is New Again
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2015
Revolutionary new methods for extracting, purifying, and sequencing ever-more-ancient DNA have opened an unprecedented window into the history of life on Earth.
Gut Bugs May Help Centenarians Reach Their 100th Birthdays
Roni Dengler, PhD | Aug 30, 2021
Centenarians have distinct microbiomes with species that produce unique bile acids, which may help thwart illness.
Cancer-Driving Mutations Common in Normal Skin Cells
Anna Azvolinsky | May 21, 2015
A deep-sequencing analysis reveals that non-malignant skin cells harbor many more cancer-driving mutations than previously expected.
Molly Sharlach | Jan 8, 2015
A genetic analysis of ancient and modern maize clarifies the crop’s checkered domestication history.
Uncovering Ancient Residual DNA
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Aug 27, 2021
A look at how ancient events crafted modern human DNA and their potential impact on human health.
Science Setbacks: 2014
Molly Sharlach | Dec 24, 2014
This year in life science was marked by paltry federal funding increases, revelations of sequence contamination, and onerous regulations.
Next-Gen Sequencing User Survey
Christi Bird | Nov 1, 2014
Outsourcing is still the rule and data analysis, the bottleneck.
Investigating Genetic and Epigenetic Landscapes with Long-Read Sequencing
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Oxford Nanopore | Aug 13, 2021
Matthew Naish will discuss what he learned about
centromeres from long-read sequencing experiments.
Tracy Vence | Mar 1, 2014
Scientists use DNA sequencing to identify what’s attracting birds to airports, where midair collisions with planes can be devastating.
Tracy Vence | Feb 28, 2014
A Canada goose smashes into the cockpit of a small plane, highlighting the dangers of birdstrikes.
Understanding Our Enemies: Identifying Mechanisms of Antibiotic Resistance
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Aug 3, 2021
Researchers sample and sequence bacteria from biological and environmental sources to learn how to overcome selective pressure
Top 10 Innovations: Honorable Mentions
Staff | Nov 30, 2013
Meet some of the products that didn't break into the Top 10 in 2013, but recieved praise from our expert judges nonetheless.
Next-Gen Test Tube Baby Born
Chris Palmer | Jul 10, 2013
A baby has been born using in vitro fertilization aided by next-generation sequencing of embryos for genetic abnormalities.
Targeted DNA Sequencing: Probing for Answers
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Roche | Jul 8, 2021
A focused investigation for more in-depth answers.
Identifying Spurious Cancer Mutations
Dan Cossins | Jun 19, 2013
Researchers reveal why analyses of cancer-causing mutations are riddled with false positives and demonstrate a new approach that eliminates the problem.