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Arts & Culture Day at GTO

Oh, it's a good day here at GTO headquarters. It started with Jason Kelly at Free Genes linking to a theme song for bioengineers, produced by NPR and the Mammalian Pituitary Band (we couldn't make this stuff up if we tried). With lyrics like "We'll fix the problems of today / By building stuff with DNA," it's a can't-miss. Click here, scroll down, and look for the link to "We Are Bioengineers" on the left.

Then we got word that Scottish poet Gillian Ferguson has posted her 1,000-page poem about the human genome online so everyone can read it for free. Or you can sign up to get bits of "The Human Genome: Poems on the Book of Life" e-mailed to you daily. Seriously.

And if that's not enough to keep you away from your lab, there's always the colossal squid. If anybody asks, you can say you're studying best practices for formalin fixing.


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.