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Ape Research Vote

Supporters of a bill to curtail invasive research on chimpanzees aim to bring it to a vote in the US Senate shortly, reports the Nature News Blog.

The bill includes changes from an earlier version, namely to lengthen the timeframe to bring such research to an end and allow the research animals to remain in lab housing if sanctuary space is not available, but the Nature News Blog says the "heart of the bill — banning invasive research on great apes, whether publicly or privately funded — remains the same, and animal research supporters are still actively opposing it."

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.