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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.
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Viral Nucleic Acid Purification in a Single Spin
The Scientist Creative Services Team, MilliporeSigma | Apr 6, 2022
A simple nucleic acid extraction approach quickly purifies genomic viral RNA and DNA while minimizing cross-contamination risks.
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.
Researchers use bacterial whole genome sequencing to compare the phylogenetic relationship between environmental and clinical samples.
Aquatic Bacteria Reveal a Common Genetic Link to a Deadly Human Pathogen
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Mar 7, 2022
Researchers use genetic clues to track the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria from the environment to patients.
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. 
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Molly Sharlach | Jan 8, 2015
A genetic analysis of ancient and modern maize clarifies the crop’s checkered domestication history.
Learn About the Latest Innovations That Support Microbiology Research
Illuminating Hidden Microbial Mysteries
The Scientist Creative Services Team, Tecan | Feb 15, 2022
Accelerating innovation one wavelength at a time
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.
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Keeping Pace With SARS-CoV-2 Evolution
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific | Sep 29, 2021
Eugene Koonin and Eric Niederkofler discuss novel technologies to improve viral mutation surveillance.
Air Traffic
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.
Midair Collision
Tracy Vence | Feb 28, 2014
A Canada goose smashes into the cockpit of a small plane, highlighting the dangers of birdstrikes.
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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.  
Top 10 Innovations: Honorable Mentions
The Scientist 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.
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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.
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.