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Ah, Grant Review

Have strong feelings on the NIH grant review process? Well, here's your chance to sound off and vent your frustrations with a reader poll over at DrugMonkey's place. The purpose of the poll is to determine whether the number of summary statements and the review service changes the way researchers view the alleged flaws in the review process. If you've got a bone to pick because, for example, a really high percentage of your applications have received seriously flawed reviews, let your voice be heard so that maybe, just maybe, things might be better for the next generation of investigators.

The Scan

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.