Opinion: The Pandemic and the RNA Sequencing Gap
Opinion: The Pandemic and the RNA Sequencing Gap
RNA sequencing technology lags far behind researchers’ ability to decode and understand DNA. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted this dangerous shortcoming.
Opinion: The Pandemic and the RNA Sequencing Gap
Opinion: The Pandemic and the RNA Sequencing Gap

RNA sequencing technology lags far behind researchers’ ability to decode and understand DNA. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted this dangerous shortcoming.

RNA sequencing technology lags far behind researchers’ ability to decode and understand DNA. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted this dangerous shortcoming.

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Opinion: Hunting a Changing Virus
Opinion: Hunting a Changing Virus
Libusha Kelly | Jul 1, 2021
A broad and nimble sequencing program is necessary to track, anticipate, and quash SARS-CoV-2 and other dangerous pathogens that threaten humanity.
Q&A: George Church’s Genome Up for Auction
Q&A: George Church’s Genome Up for Auction
Jef Akst | Apr 19, 2021
A founder of the field of synthetic biology is selling data from his own DNA as a nonfungible token, or NFT, through Nebula Genomics, a personal genome company he cofounded.
Experts Predict the Hottest Life Science Tech in 2021 and Beyond
Experts Predict the Hottest Life Science Tech in 2021 and Beyond
Bob Grant | Feb 1, 2021
Last year’s Top 10 Innovations judges look into their crystal balls.
Africa Contributes SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing to COVID-19 Tracking
Africa Contributes SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing to COVID-19 Tracking
Munyaradzi Makoni | Mar 30, 2020
In recent years, laboratories on the continent have ramped up genomic sequencing capabilities, offering in-country analyses rather than outsourcing the job.
Most Comprehensive Analysis of Cancer Genomes to Date
Most Comprehensive Analysis of Cancer Genomes to Date
Jef Akst | Feb 5, 2020
An interrogation of the whole genomes of more than 2,600 cancers yields clues about the genetic drivers of malignancy, how tumors evolve, and more.
Ancient Human DNA Provides New Look at African History
Ancient Human DNA Provides New Look at African History
Jef Akst | Jan 22, 2020
Genomic information from four children who lived thousands of years ago in what is now Cameroon could shed light on the spread of the Bantu languages and on the history of present-day African populations.
Scripps Acquires Pfizer’s Massive Microbial Library
Scripps Acquires Pfizer’s Massive Microbial Library
Jef Akst | Jan 9, 2020
The East Coast campus of the research institute received shipments of freeze-dried or frozen samples of more than 210,000 microbial strains, which scientists plan to mine for potentially useful natural products.
Clinical Exome Sequencing Tests Are Frequently Incomplete: Study
Clinical Exome Sequencing Tests Are Frequently Incomplete: Study
Kerry Grens | Jan 8, 2020
A review of 36 individuals’ sequencing results performed by three US labs finds thousands of genes that were never fully sequenced to industry standards.
What A Long, Strange Decade It’s Been
What A Long, Strange Decade It’s Been
Bob Grant | Dec 20, 2019
For the past 10 years, life science has moved us closer to a complete understanding of what makes us human—our similarities, our differences, and our shared history.
2019 Top 10 Innovations
2019 Top 10 Innovations
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2019
From a mass photometer to improved breath biopsy probes, these new products are poised for scientific success.
Joachim Messing, Developer of Shotgun Sequencing, Dies
Joachim Messing, Developer of Shotgun Sequencing, Dies
Shawna Williams | Oct 1, 2019
In addition to his work on widely-used techniques, the researcher was known for engineering crop plants.
Drug Discovery Techniques Open the Door to RNA-targeted Drugs
Drug Discovery Techniques Open the Door to RNA-targeted Drugs
Amber Dance | Jun 1, 2019
New ways to search for druggable RNAs and matching small molecules
The Human Genetics of Night Owls and Early Birds
The Human Genetics of Night Owls and Early Birds
Jef Akst | Jan 31, 2019
When people prefer to go to bed is linked to hundreds of variations in their genes.