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While many people may be adding "travel more" to their list of new year's resolutions, Dean Giustini at The Search Principle blog says that when it comes to professional meetings, you don't have to go to be in the know. Web tools from Twitter backlogs to Slideshare have made "virtual attendance … almost the same as the face-to-face" meetings, he says.

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Nature News reports that researchers in Japan hope to soon test the use of reprogrammed stem cells to treat damaged corneas.

A new approach may help limit the number of fish that are mislabeled at markets or restaurants, according to New Scientist.

At Slate, the R Street Institute's Nila Bala discusses the privacy rights of suspects that genetic genealogy approaches in law enforcement bring up.

In PNAS this week: numerous mobile genetic elements contribute to Vibrio cholerae drug resistance, troponin I mutations in sudden infant deaths, and more.