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Does Science Need More Thinkers?

The Business Bytes Genes Molecules blog's Deepak Singh says the concept of "one scientific journal, one scientific community" could be worth a try. Singh quotes from Circle of Complexity's Pawel Szczesny, who writes that he would love to see the "one scientific journal, one scientific community" concept put into practice. Singh says the Web could have brought the various scientific disciplines together, were it not for the walls researchers put up in front of their data. Singh says the "fragmentation" in the sciences is an interesting thought, and that he is somewhere in the middle of the issue. Having certain skills is good, as is drilling deep into a certain subject, he says, "but we do have a tendency to put up artificial boundaries and silos." However, one thing he is sure of, he adds, is that science needs more "thinkers," people who can innovate and aren't limited to a particular field. "I am sure there are a few, but not enough," he says.

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

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.