30th Anniversary Issue

October 2016

Cover Story

Thirty Years of Progress
Thirty Years of Progress

Since The Scientist published its first issue in October 1986, life-science research has transformed from a manual and often tedious task to a high-tech, largely automated process of unprecedented efficiency.

Featured Stories




Meet some of the people featured in the October 2016 issue of The Scientist


Speaking of Science


Thirty Years of Lab Safety

From mouth pipetting to automated liquid handling, life-science labs have gotten much safer over the past three decades.

Genetic Test Solves Royal Mystery

Genetic analyses lay to rest conspiracy theories about death of Belgian King Albert I, who lost his life in a rock climbing accident more than 80 years ago.

Modus Operandi

The Literature


Curious George

George Church has consistently positioned himself at genomics’ leading edge.

Scientist to Watch

Lab Tools

Bio Business

Reading Frames